Laicité and Freedom of Expression: French Integration and the Radical Right

By: Gabriella Raphel

April 28, 2022

Spring 2022 Student Symposium: REWA Minors

In the run-up to France's presidential elections, voters experienced a mainstreaming of right-wing rhetoric, highlighted by the current discourse of three of the top five contenders. Central to such electoral rhetoric lies the issues of laicité and freedom of expression, two pillars of French society, that have been used to exacerbate anti-immigration and Islamophobic sentiments. This paper seeks to analyze the growing tensions around these core values and their impact on France’s social fabric.


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