French Assembly passes bill aiming to curb Islamism.

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France’s National Assembly approved legislation designed mainly to counter a rise in Islamism in towns and cities which the government says threatens national unity. The legislation did not single out any particular religion, but it cracked down on practices such as forced marriage and virginity tests. It included tough measures against online apologists for acts of violence, stricter surveillance of religious associations, and tighter restrictions on educating children outside mainstream schools. The bill has been branded by some on the left as an attack on Islam and as too weak by the far-right and some conservatives.

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