On Saturday the NPA debated the Islamic scarf. It seems to have decided, despite its divisions, towards prohibiting veiled women standing as party candidates, while, at the same time, recognising their right to be active in our party, wedded to Trotskyist, secular and feminist traditions. (Note: translation and link from a blog run by a supporter of this decision)
French secularism came about through a revolutionary fight with the massive power of the Catholic Church. Now it is used, even by self-described (or should that be soi-disant) revolutionary leftists, to pick on an oppressed minority - Muslim women. This will somehow fight for feminism and against patriarchy, just like banning a woman with a niqab from French classes in Québec. A democratic decision, but a very bad one that the party should regret. It doesn’t seem totally final, so hopefully it can be fought (by those remaining after 1/3 supposedly quit the party).
As party leader Olivier Besancenot said:
See that last link for my previous reblogging on this issue, which is basically French leftist racists throwing a shitfit over this candidate: