Luckily in France there is more than the policy of non-acceptance of the government. Welcoming initiatives come, amongst others, from institutions such as universities, some of which have put in place programs to upgrade and integrate asylum-seekers and refugees into the university curriculum.
From its side, the AFPA (National Agency for Adult Professional Training) launched a free online training course to learn French as a foreign language. On their website, the registration process is translated into English, Arabic, Dari and Pashto (the two main languages of Afghanistan).
The latest lessons deal with; “To know the values of the Republic” and “Men and women in France”. It is of course useful to complete the knowledge of the language with that of the culture, society and institutions in order to enable people to find their place in the country. But to what realities of the political France of today to these subjects correspond? Meant to be preached to those coming from countries supposed to be primitive?
Is it the freedom of the permanent state of emergency, the equality of growing inequality and social exclusion, the fraternity of non-welcoming and police harassment, all of which the exiles are well aware of in their daily lives?
Regarding the situation of women, the Inter-Parliamentary Union, a worldwide organization founded in 1889, ranked countries according to the percentage of women in Parliament:
France occupies a very modest 62nd place, with 26.2% of women in the National Assembly and 25% in the Senate, just after Iraq (26.5% women in its only assembly) Afghanistan (53rd), South Sudan (51st), Sudan (45th) or Ethiopia (17th). One notices after looking at the list, that the first European country is Iceland and that it’s at the 4th place, after Rwanda, Bolivia and Cuba.
So yes, the AFPA should urgently put in place an accelerated training for the French government.