| What’s a European Liberal to Do?
| Monday, June 06, 2016
|Sylvie Kauffmann, a well-known left-wing journalist in France, and
the former editor of Le Monde, has been writing about the dilemma of the
French Left, faced with a growing widespread unease about Islam in
France, an unease not confined to those routinely dismissed as “racist”
or “Islamophobic” or “far-right,” but within the Left itself. I’ve
reprinted one of her pieces below, unchanged, but with some parts in bold, and with my own comments interspersed.
PARIS — On Sunday [April 13], Air France will resume
regular flights to Tehran. For its female flight attendants and pilots,
there is a catch: On arrival, they will be asked to wear not only the
most conservative version of their uniform, a pantsuit with a
knee-length jacket, but also a head scarf to cover their hair, in line
with Iranian law and with other foreign airlines’ practice. The unions
“This is contrary to what I stand for as a woman,” an
Air France flight attendant complained in Le Figaro Madame. The company
quickly gave in. Only those comfortable with the requirements will fly the Paris-Tehran route.
What is really interesting is that the issue did not arise earlier
when Air France was flying to Tehran, before international sanctions
forced it to stop in 2008. Yes, secularism is in France’s DNA; this is
the country that passed a law in 2004 to ban all emblems of religion in
public schools, including Muslim head scarves, and a second law in 2010
to ban the burqa (full veil) in public areas.
But the flight attendants’ reaction shows how much attitudes toward Islam have hardened in the past 14 months, which brought three waves of attacks by Islamic State terrorists in Paris and Brussels.
Read it all here.......................
|posted by D.Swami Gwekanandam @ 1:28 PM