Presidential elections: The Protestant Federation of France challenges the candidates

Secularism and place of religions, reception of refugees, poverty, ecology: the Protestant Federation of France (FPF) publishes this Monday an "address of Protestantism" to presidential candidates, from which it hopes answers to "enlighten" everyone's vote .

As announced by the President of the Protestant Federation of France (FPF), François Clavairoly, on January 25, during wishes from the FPF in the presence in particular of the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin, the Protestants published this Monday “an address of Protestantism” to the candidates for the presidential election.

In ten themes and ten questions, they intend to emphasize “the main subjects which concern them and on which they themselves are committed”, indicates the FPF.

These ten themes which "engage the future of our generations, our country and Europe" are ecology and climate justice, autonomy and disability, gender equality, secularism and the place religions, racism and xenophobia, reception of refugees, youth and education, poverty, Europe and social justice as well as international solidarity.

Attached to secularism and freedom of worship, the Federation criticizes the law “consolidating respect for the principles of the Republic” (known as “against separatism”) adopted in the summer of 2021, recalling that it arouses “strong opposition from the associative world”.

This law shows "a certain misunderstanding of secularism", with a "desire for religious neutralization of the social space, distrust of such worship and stigmatization, suspicion of religion", according to the FPF. Who question the candidates on possible "improvements" "in order to put an end to this mistrust".

More broadly, the Federation asks candidates to detail their vision of "the place of religions in our secular Republic".

On autonomy and disability, the FPF calls for measures “to enhance the attractiveness of professions in the health and medico-social sectors”.

The FPF recalls Emmanuel Macron's commitment in July 2017 that "no one sleeps on the street anymore". However, "for 5 years, the actors of the Fédération de l'Entraide Protestante have noted that the number of people living below the poverty line has increased and today concerns nearly 15% of the population, i.e. 9,4 million French people. ".

Also, on housing, youth poverty or even digital insecurity, she asks the candidates for their program so as not to “abandon” fraternity.

The Protestant Federation is concerned about the “ecological upheaval” and also questions the candidates about the measures envisaged to “welcome foreigners entering our territory with dignity”.

On education and youth, the FPF wishes to know the projects of the candidates to offer "young people relevant training to orient themselves in a complex world". And on Europe, she wonders about France's contribution to the “development of social justice in EU member countries”.

The FPF says it brings together “around thirty Church unions and numerous associations and foundations representing around 500 Protestant communities, works and movements”.

Editorial staff (with AFP)

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