France to launch national pride campaign in battle against Islamic fundamentalism

DAILY MAIL, 27 Oct 2009: France is to adopt a series of measures to ‘reaffirm pride’ in the country and combat Islamic fundamentalism. They include everybody receiving lessons in the nation’s Christian history and children singing the national anthem.

Using words which infuriated ethnic minority groups and Socialist opponents, immigration minister Eric Besson also said he wanted ‘foreigners to speak better French’.

He called for all recent arrivals to be monitored by ‘Republican godfathers’, charged with helping immigrants to integrate better.

His proposed measures contrast sharply with the situation in Britain where ‘citizenship education’ centres on multicultural diversity.

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