The U.N. Human Rights Council adopted the non-binding text, proposed by Pakistan on behalf of Islamic states, with a vote of 23 states in favor and 11 against, with 13 abstentions.
the [man whose citizenship application was rejected] said: 'my wife will never be able to go out without the full veil; I don't believe in gender equality; women have inferior status; I will not respect the principles of the secular society,'" he told reporters after a Cabinet meeting.
Besson stressed that the decision does not mean the man will be deported, and he will be allowed to remain in France on his current long-term visa.
but if the minister is telling the truth and the man doesn't want to follow the laws of the country regarding gender equality, wouldn't it make sense to deny citizenship?
The law shall guarantee women equal rights to those of men in every field.
France shall be an indivisible, secular, democratic and social Republic.
It shall ensure the equality of all citizens before the law, without distinction of origin, race or religion. It shall respect all beliefs.
Only Labour Day (May 1st) is a public holiday by statute. The rest of the holidays are granted by convention collective (agreement between employers' and employees' unions) or by agreement of the employer.
What would France be without it's great culture and traditions? I can only imagine that after decades of (seemingly) mass immigration that they must feel inundated and fear that the things they hold most dear will eventually be pushed aside by the new people.
The example of Jews is useful for another reason. After the French Revolution, Jews were "emancipated" -- granted legal equality with Christians. But their emancipation was contingent on accepting the French idea of egalite: a notion of equality that, unlike its American incarnation, is premised not only equality of rights but on sameness. Jews could only be accepted as citizens, the Revolutionary government decided, if they divested themselves of everything that set them apart from normative French society, such as their ban on intermarriage.
What is dutiful about shaking hands with women? He's going to pay taxes, and otherwise be a citizen. Any further intrusion into his personal behavior in that manner is rapidly approaching fascism.
Being a religious misogynist is not, as far as I know, against French law. You don't deny citizenship to someone just because you don't like their attitude.
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