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Macron Plows Ahead in Fight Against Extremism With Key Law: Q&A

Emmanuel Macron is hoping the law will boost him domestically after he has been criticized for the government’s handling of the Covid-19 epidemic.

Emmanuel Macron is hoping the law will boost him domestically after he has been criticized for the government’s handling of the Covid-19 epidemic.

Photographer: Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images 

The French government is taking its struggle against radical Islam to the country’s packed suburbs, as President Emmanuel Macron moves to address security concerns that could damage any re-election bid.

The move comes less than two months after a teacher was beheaded on a Paris street by a Chechen refugee for having opened a classroom debate on free speech and caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed. And it follows a series of speeches by Macron focused on the need to fight those who promote “Islamic separatism” by building closed communities on the fringes of French society.