Equality versus Fraternity? Rethinking France and its Minorities

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Gilbert, J. 2016. Equality versus Fraternity? Rethinking France and its Minorities. International Journal of Constitutional Law. 14 (4), pp. 883-905.
AuthorsGilbert, J.
Abstract

The relationship between France and its minorities is complex. Recent events including the 2015 terrorist attacks, the prohibition on wearing religious symbols in public, or the 2005 riots, have been perceived as symbols of great tension in French society when its comes to its minorities.2 Indeed the ten-year anniversary of the riots prompted reporting that nothing had changed in the intervening period in the structures of inequality that caused them,3 while in January 2015, the French Prime Minister Manuel Valls declared that the country was facing a “territorial, ethnic and social apartheid”.4 This statement from the Prime Minister seems to be at odds with the overall policy of rejecting any targeted policies or laws to protect minorities in France. As a tradition France is against minority rights. French authorities have consistently rejected the use of the term ‘minorities’, and have banned any form of special measures for national, racial, ethnic, religious or linguistic groups.5

JournalInternational Journal of Constitutional Law
Journal citation14 (4), pp. 883-905
ISSN1474-2640
Year2016
PublisherOxford University Press
Accepted author manuscript
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1093/icon/mow059
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1093/icon/mow059
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Online01 Oct 2016
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Deposited22 Jul 2016
Accepted12 Jul 2016
Accepted12 Jul 2016
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