Russia‘s RT reports that France’s Education minister, Najat Vallaud Belkacem, has found herself on the firing line since revealing a plan to teach Arabic to primary school kids as young as six. Belkacem has suggested including Arabic among the language choices for French pupils.
It’s a very irresponsible remark in my view. I suspect that Ms Belkacem was looking for headlines and patronage from her supporters. Although she describes herself as a non-practicing Muslim, her remarks will strengthen the power of Muslims in France.
For me, this illustrates the dangerous politics that is coming from the far-left in Europe. Rhetoric and headlines come first and evidence is subordinated. It’s just like the casual remarks of former London mayor, Ken Livingstone. Perhaps, Livingstone will propose Arabic in the UK’s schools?