“Islamo-Leftism”, Academic Freedom and Free Speech in French Universities

Philippe Marlière, Professor of French and European Politics at UCL, investigates “Islamo-Leftism” in France to see what it means for academic freedom and free speech in French universities. Speaking recently on CNews, France’s equivalent of Fox News, the higher education minister launched an unprecedented attack on the whole French academic community. Frédérique Vidal argued that French academia is “gangrened by Islamo-gauchisme” or “Islamo-leftism”. The “Islamo-leftism” tag … Continue reading “Islamo-Leftism”, Academic Freedom and Free Speech in French Universities

From Separation to Anti-Separatism: Divides and Divisiveness of the French Vivre Ensemble

In this blog post, Myriam Hunter-Henin, Reader in Law and Religion and Comparative Law at UCL and EI Fellow, analyses the French anti-separatism bill in light of the legal history of laïcite in France. A new chapter on the troubled interactions between religion and Republican values has opened in France. On April 12, 2021, the French Senate, with a sound majority of 208 votes for … Continue reading From Separation to Anti-Separatism: Divides and Divisiveness of the French Vivre Ensemble

Brexit from the French perspective

Pierre Kanuty, regional councillor for Île-de-France, says the challenge for ‘in’ campaigners is to answer the demands of citizens without offering Eurosceptics an opportunity to frame the debate. This piece is part of the UCL European Institute’s first guest editor week on openDemocracy. Brexit – Britain’s exit from the European Union – is more than a debate on the ‘special relationship’ between Britain and the European continent. This relationship has … Continue reading Brexit from the French perspective