After the Courbevoie rape, Emmanuel Macron wants to establish a “time of exchange” at school this week

After the Courbevoie rape, Emmanuel Macron wants to establish a “time of exchange” at school this week
After the Courbevoie rape, Emmanuel Macron wants to establish a “time of exchange” at school this week

EDUCATION – Decision recorded in the Council of Ministers. After the anti-Semitic rape committed on a 12-year-old girl in Courbevoie on Saturday June 15 and the emotion that this tragedy caused, the President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron took the decision, this Wednesday, June 19 to impose a ” exchange time » in classrooms, at primary and secondary level, so that the fight against racism and anti-Semitism is addressed.

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While identity issues, and in particular the question of anti-Semitism, are becoming more and more common in the legislative campaign every day, the media coverage of this news item has pushed the government to react. The Head of State therefore asked his Minister of National Education, Nicole Belloubet, to organize this time for discussion in the coming days. A little earlier, BFMTV had mentioned “ one hour » dedicated to the fight against racism and anti-Semitism.

According to the entourage of the Minister of Education to our colleagues, this time of discussion “ will be based on existing content in the fight against all forms of discrimination”. And will concern both primary and secondary schools, with high schools being exempt due to the exam period.

The head of state had “solemn and serious words on the scourge of anti-Semitism” during the council of ministers, his entourage told AFP. By wishing for these discussions, Emmanuel Macron wants to ensure that “hate speech carries serious consequences” ne s’“not infiltrate” in schools, it was specified.

Anti-Semitic bond

This Wednesday, the 12-year-old girl who four days earlier denounced an anti-Semitic attack by several teenagers claims to have been treated like “dirty Jew” and threatened with death before being raped. When confronted by investigators, the young victim said she explained to one of the boys that she refused to talk about her religion to “ to protect yourself », after several insistent questions to find out why she did not bring up this subject.

At this stage of the investigation, two 13-year-old boys were indicted on Tuesday for gang rape, death threats, insults and anti-Semitic violence targeting the young victim. They were both placed under arrest warrant. A third boy, aged 12, is placed under the status of assisted witness for rape and indicted for the other offenses.

A new news item against a backdrop of more than worrying anti-Semitism, whereas in January, Crif warned of the “ explosion » anti-Semitic acts in France since the attack of October 7. According to these statistics, “366 anti-Semitic facts” were recorded between January and March, up 300% compared to the first three months of 2023.

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