In its introductory text, the Telegraph calls this a continuance of France’s “lurch to the right.” So, preserving the free, fraternal, and egalitarian nature of French society, protecting social services from being sapped by illegal and oppressive practices, and attempting to shelter girls in France from being maimed in a ritualized sexual assault by attaching real consequences to its practice constitute a “lurch.”
An ungraceful stumble, and one to “the right,” no less, for when the mainstream media refer to “the right,” or “conservatives,” lightning should flash, thunder should rumble, and a horse should neigh in the distance for proper effect. “France’s interior minister targets immigrants who practise polygamy,” by Peter Allen for the Telegraph, August 8:
France’s lurch to the right continued after Brice Hortefeux, the country’s interior minister, called for immigrants who practise polygamy or female genital mutilation to have their citizenship withdrawn.
Mr Hortefeux said there were “possibilities to have nationality withdrawn in the case of polygamy, genital mutilation and serious wrongdoing.” In all cases the radical punishment would not just apply to immigrants, but also to those who have a foreign background, even if they were born in France.
It follows President Nicolas Sarkozy calling for all foreigners who attack police in the kind of riots which blighted Muslim housing estates earlier this month to also lose their nationality.
Mr Hortefeux was speaking after an Algerian-born French Muslim was questioned by police about regularly raping a woman he was involved with between 2003 and 2007.
He has already been charged with claiming thousands of pounds worth of state aid for 15 children he had with four different women.
And only lurching right-wingers have a problem with this sort of thing.
Mr Hortefeux said that if the man was found guilty he wanted him stripped of his nationality as part of a “national war on delinquency.”
He said he would submit his new proposals later this month, and they could technically be made law by the end of the year.
Opponents have argued however that such a move may be deemed unconstitutional.