Hollande was capable of expanding the right to vote at local elections into non-EU taxpayers residing in France, while Sarkozy contended against it. The president asserted that such a move would result in”identity-based voting clinics” and “divisive sectarian demands”.
Girls, it is well worth recalling, were suspected of voting using their gender.
Since the French go to the polls on April 23 and May 7 to select their president, the question reemerges: Why is it sensible to presume that Muslims’ voting behavior is dependent on their faith and about the Quran?
The Effects Of Faith On Votes
That is 41% over compared to the national average, because Hollande was finally elected with 52 percent of votes.
Several efforts are made to explain why French Muslims voted nearly unanimously for the abandoned.
In their 2012 publication Français comme les autres? (As French everyone else?) , political scientists Sylvain Brouard and Vincent Tiberj reasoned that the effects of faith on the voting practices of believers shouldn’t be overestimated.
Catholics in France and in the USA, as an instance, vote in a way diametrically opposed to each other. In France, individuals who identify as Catholic are now markedly in favor of their conservative Républicains, especially since the legalisation of same-sex union in 2013.
In the united states, on the other hand, they have a tendency to vote to the Democrats, a more socially advanced party.
Both teams are usually found among religious and racial minorities American citizens of Latin American origin and folks of Maghrebian or African heritage in France that have faced social and economic marginalisation in their various nations.
Thus the gap in voting orientations (however a bastion of left wing Catholic voters has also historically been around in France).
Identifying As Muslims
Qualitative study I ran in 2012 and 2013 discovered the emptiness of French Muslim taxpayers I interviewed was really influenced by their own religious identity.
Being a Muslim didn’t predetermine their reply to this question, Who should I vote? Nevertheless, it did lead individuals to inquire, Who should not I vote? The effect was negative, helping them remove candidates termed Islamophobic, instead of optimistic (I select a candidate that defends my worth, including spiritual values).
French Muslims took into consideration legislation banning the headscarf or niqab, a veil which covers the face, in addition to public remarks from Islam, for example, when contemplating different candidates and their programs. Candidates’ positions on foreign policy were also believed, together with military interventions in Muslim-majority nations especially frowned upon.
This resembles how French taxpayers who recognize as Jewish are inclined to be particularly sensitive to antisemitism and into the place of candidates seeing Israel.
According to my analysis, being a Muslim may have three distinct consequences on a individual’s vote: it may consolidate a decision previously made, dependent on factors unrelated to faith; it may help pick one of several candidates on the grounds of their Islamophobia grade; and if a candidate’s attitude towards Muslims is perceived, it may destabilise and alter a individual’s ideology.
Due to the lower socioeconomic status as well as the marginalisation they confront, lots of French Muslims, particularly those residing in France’s banlieues (suburbs), may just opt not to vote.
A number of them warrant their abstention with spiritual explanations, asserting that “voting isn’t halal”, because France isn’t a Muslim nation.
Calls For Abstention In 2017
Normally, this place is just held by a minority of highly commended Tabligh or Salafist Muslims. But now, many public Muslim intellectuals, such as leaders that aren’t necessarily from these sects are calling for an “active abstention” by Muslims of their 2017 presidential elections. The intent would be to escape the continuous snare of voting to the “lesser of 2 evils”.
Nizarr Bourchada, chief of this Français et Musulmans (Muslim and French) celebration, recommends a similar strategy. He’s among the very first French political parties to maintain a powerful attachment to both French and Islamic Republican principles.
This echoes French writer Michel Houellebecq’s prescient 2015 book Soumission (Submission).
In a couple of weeks of book, Soumission was a bestseller in France, Italy and Germany. It bolsters the notion that a collective vote of French Muslims, or their federation to a political party, are a danger for French culture. The fact is rather different.