Emmanuel Jean-Michel Frederic Macron, at 39-years-old is one of the youngest to assume the position of the French head of state after Napoleon.
Macron, who has been elected France’s President, once worked as a banker and has promised to unite people from various backgrounds. One of his main promises during his election days was that he would spearhead a “democratic revolution” by opposing the French vacuous political system.
Macron, who admitted that France has made mistakes when it came to its security policy, also said that the French government has targeted Muslims in an unfair manner. During his En Marche movement, he asserted that neutrality forms secularism’s heart and every French citizen must have the ability to practice their religion in a dignified manner. He also said that the French past is a mythical one. It is also not an idea where a person thinks in abstract terms, thereby criticizing the former French President, Francois Hollande. According to Macron being French is a matter of will.
His family was not a religious one, but he was baptized as Roman Catholic at age 12. He supports the principle of secularism. He opposed the ban imposed on Muslim headscarves inside the university grounds.
According to him, there should be no inventing new laws or new standards so that veils can be hunted down inside universities and going after people wearing religious symbols during field trips. In his many media interviews, Macron was insistent that secularism was not created to promote Republicanism. He was also blunt towards French Muslims.
He asked them to respect rules in public. Religious relationships concern transcendence. As a Catholic, he believes that religious laws go much beyond the French Republic. However, inside France, French laws must take precedence over religious rules.
The French President believes everyone should be able to practice their religion with dignity.