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Filing during Eid al-Fitr: the Ministry of the Interior acknowledges having “calculated the rate of absenteeism”, but…

POLITICS – The Ministry of the Interior has requested in certain academies a “assessment of the absenteeism rate observed during Eid al-Fitr”, but deny everything “file”said this Sunday, May 21, the Secretary of State for Citizenship Sonia Backès in the face of the indignation aroused by the initiative.

“The Ministry of the Interior and Overseas regularly studies the impact of certain religious holidays on the functioning of public services, and in particular within the school sphere”said Sonia Backès in a press release.

“It is within this framework that an evaluation of the rate of absenteeism observed on the occasion of the Eid al-Fitr holiday, on April 21, was requested, in certain academies, from the heads of establishment »the statement said.

“No personal data was requested or recorded at any time”specified Sonia Backès who affirms that the initiative did not come from a will of “file” students according to their denomination.

Associated “Muslim religious practice is a question of security”

In the Toulouse academy, police asked the heads of Toulouse schools, by email, to tell them the number of students absent on the day of Eid al-Fitr. Association, trade union or political leaders were concerned about this police initiative, some like the former socialist deputy Jean-Christophe Cambadelis evoking “a citywide listing”.

The police request is “particularly shocking in that it associates Muslim religious practice with a question of security”indicated for his part SOS Racisme, recalling that the request to schools came from the departmental directorate of public security (DDSP).

The Sud Éducation trade union, for its part, denounced “Islamophobic excesses” in administration. “AESH colleagues and agents have been refused leave of absence”for the day of the feast, unlike the teachers, he also indicated.

An investigation without the approval of the rectorate of Toulouse

The Union of French Mosques for its part asked for a “investigation in good and due form” “Families must be duly informed and reassured of the future of the information given by certain heads of establishments who, unfortunately, responded to the request of the police”estimated the Union of the Mosques of France.

The request of the police had been made directly to the establishments concerned, without the approval of the rectorate of Toulouse. “In no case do we carry out investigations of this kind”Mostafa Fourar, rector of the academy, told AFP.

A source familiar with the matter had mentioned to AFP a ” clumsiness “ in the formulation of the request relayed by the referent police officers of the National Education for the benefit of territorial intelligence.

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