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Political Islam: the executive prepares a vast reshuffle at the head of the Observatory of secularism


The pair made up of Jean-Louis Bianco and Nicolas Cadène, who heads the organization, is not considered sufficiently compatible with the line that Emmanuel Macron and Jean Castex now intend to take to the top of the State.

Nothing will be left to chance.

More determined than ever to fight against political Islam and against Islamist separatism, Emmanuel Macron gave a clear instruction to his ministers: act fast and strong.

In this logic, the executive plans, among other measures, to carry out a vast reshuffle at the head of the Observatory of secularism.

The information, revealed by

Le Point

, was confirmed by Matignon on Tuesday.


The Prime Minister will receive in the next few days Jean-Louis Bianco, who is a recognized and respected servant of the State, whose mandate expires next April, to inform him of the government's decision

", indicates- do we in the entourage of Jean Castex.

Read also: What is the Secularism Observatory?

It has been several years since the organization - administratively attached to Matignon, but autonomous in its work - has found itself at the heart of very lively controversies.

In particular because of the position taken by its president, Jean-Louis Bianco, or its general rapporteur, Nicolas Cadène.

Very active on social networks, the pair is accused by its detractors of spending more energy tracking down - or even instrumentalizing - Islamophobia, rather than promoting secularism.

The Prime Minister's conviction is that the Secularism Observatory must evolve today.

It must evolve because the threat against the Republic has radically changed

”, justifies a close adviser to Jean Castex.

"If this were true, (...) that would be to prove that the identities are right", judge Bianco


For several weeks, the statute and missions of the Observatory of secularism have been the subject of reflection within the government,

" adds the same source, specifying that "

it is not simply a question of people


Nevertheless, yes, the will of the Prime Minister is to renew a body so that it is more in line with the strategy to fight against separatism.


evidence this view is not shared by all, and the government will draw all the conclusions in the coming days

, "concludes one.

Even before the information was confirmed, Jean-Louis Bianco and Nicolas Cadène both wanted to react, as of Monday, to denounce the decision of the executive.


If this were true, (...) it would be to prove that the identities are right, against a true servant of secularism (Nicolas Cadène, editor's note), recognized by all on the ground

", lambasted the outgoing president of the Observatory, on Twitter.

As for the general rapporteur, he contented himself with relaying the messages of support he received.

Finally, several political voices were also raised, including in the presidential majority.

The Secularism Observatory is doing remarkable work, with limited resources despite the challenges.

Transpartisan, linked to the reality on the ground, it is essential.

More than a questioning, it needs to be reinforced!

», Decided the vice-president LREM of the National Assembly, Hugues Renson.

Source: lefigaro

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