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Morocco: Another perspective on Faiza Silmi

Last week, Global Voices covered the story of Faiza Silmi, the Moroccan woman denied French citizenship for her beliefs and actions (which included, among other things, wearing the niqaab or full facial veil). Today, Moroccan blogger …xoussef [FR] chimes in with another perspective on the issue:

Pour moi c'est limpide, la société française est majoritairement contre le Niqaab, le voile, la barbe et les convictions religieuses et politiques dont ce sont les signes extérieurs (qu'importe qu'ils aient tort ou raison c'est un autre débat). La société Française estime que ces convictions religieuses et politiques sont incompatibles avec les valeurs de leur république. Bref, si les français étaient consultés par référendum sur l'octroi de la nationalité française à cette Lalla Faiza et ses semblables, je parie ce que vous voulez que le non l'emporterait…

To me it is clear, the majority of French society is against the Niqaab, the veil, the beard and other external symbols representing religious beliefs and the politics associated with them (whether this is wrong or right is another debate). French society believes that these religious beliefs are incompatible with the values of their republic. In short, if the French were consulted by referendum on granting French citizenship to Lalla Faiza and her compatriots, I bet what the “no” would prevail…

The blogger then explains:

…Dans le cas de cette dame,qui n'est pas née en France et dont les parents ne sont pas français, l'octroi de la nationalité est un privilège et non un droit. D'ailleurs, qu'elle veuille devenir française tout en niant le droit de vote aux femmes par exemple me dépasse, et qu'elle ait espéré une réponse positive avec de telles réponses et un tel comportement encore plus.

…In the case of this lady, who was not born in France, and whose parents aren't French, the granting of nationality is a privilege and not a right. By the way, why she wants to become French while denying the vote to women, for instance, is beyond me, and why she had hoped for a positive response with such actions and such behavior is even more beyond me.


  • momo ould Jacqueline

    Je voudrais juste corriger Xoussef quand il écrit :

    […Dans le cas de cette dame,qui n’est pas née en France et dont les parents ne sont pas français, l’octroi de la nationalité est un privilège et non un droit.]

    étant donné que cette Dame est mariée à un citoyen Français, l’octroi de la nationalité française dans son cas est un Droit selon les dispositions juridiques françaises. Il ne s’agit nullement d’une demande de naturalisation française et donc un Privilége vulgairement parlant.

    Cette Dame est une citoyenne marocaine qui ne mettait pas la burqa chez elle au Maroc. Elle s’est “convertie” au salafisme en France à cause ou grace à son mariage avec un citoyen français salafiste.

  • Selon ce que j’ai compris en écoutant des experts en la matière sur RFI, cette dame ne s’est pas vue refuser la nationalité française pour le port de la burka mais plutôt parce qu’on l’a considérée comme “une femme soumise”, ce qui n’est pas permis dans une société qui reconnaît l’égalité des sexs.

  • Here’s my ROUGH translation of these two comments:

    from momo ould jacqueline:

    “I just want to correct Xoussef when he writes:

    [… In the case of this lady, who was not born in France and whose parents are not french, the granting of nationality is a privilege and not a right.]

    Given that this woman is married to a French citizen, granting French nationality in her case is a right under the French legal provisions. It is not an application for French naturalization and therefore a privilege, vulgarly speaking.

    This woman is a Moroccan citizen who did not wear the burqa in Morocco. She “converted” to Salafism in France or thanks to her marriage to a French salafi.

    From Nasamat:

    “According to what I understood by listening to experts on RFI, this lady has not been denied French nationality for wearing a burka but rather because she was considered “a submissive woman”, which is not allowed in a society which recognizes equality in the sexes.”

  • Pier

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