France to expel foreigners discriminatingagainst women

16th July 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, July 15 (AFP) - France's upper house of parliament late Thursday passed legislation that would allow authorities to expel foreigners who have called for discrimination against women.

PARIS, July 15 (AFP) - France's upper house of parliament late Thursday passed legislation that would allow authorities to expel foreigners who have called for discrimination against women.  

Under the legislation, which was approved by the lower house last month, foreigners can be expelled for "inciting discrimination, hatred or violence against a specific person or group of persons," notably women.  

The measure follows a case in which a radical Islamic cleric, Abdelkader Bouziane, was deported to his native Algeria after he publicly justified wife-beating in an article in a French magazine.  

Bouziane, who presides at a mosque in a Lyon suburb and believes in a strict, fundamentalist interpretation of Islam, was accused of damage to public order by defending in a magazine interview sexual inequality, the physical punishment of unfaithful or disobedient wives and polygamy.  

The polygamous father of 16 children who hold French nationality, was deported to Algeria on April 21 and saw his French resident's permit confiscated, reportedly less for his controversial moral stance than because of alleged links with Muslim fundamentalist groups.  

He returned to France in May after a tribunal ruled the expulsion illegal, but was placed under judicial investigation in June, one step shy of formal charges.

 

© AFP

 

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