Aurélien Pradié reconsiders his proposal

Aurélien Pradié during the debate between the presidential candidates of the Les Républicains party, November 21, 2022.

Did Aurélien Pradié get carried away when he proposed to impose the uniform on the university? The proposal arose during the debate between candidates for the Republican (LR) presidency on Monday, November 21, on LCI. Lot’s deputy advocated wearing a uniform not only at school, as he had previously suggested, but also ” at the University “.

“I propose that from now on all our students wear the same clothes for two purposes: a goal of compelling secularism (…), but also a goal [d’égalité] Social[e] », He started out debating the issue of secularism and the wearing of the veil with his competitors Eric Ciotti and Bruno Retailleau. He added that this is necessary “Upgrade the Republic” in terms of secularism because “School, college, high school, university are sacred places”.

The journalist Ruth Elkrief then woke him up with the question of whether wearing the uniform he wanted also applied to the university. “Yes, also at the university. Anyway, I have no problem with it.”replied Mr. Pradié.

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“I never talked about uniforms at university”

The other two contenders for the presidency of LR, who were then questioned by their opponent about this new proposal, rejected it outright, judging Mr. Pradié’s proposal as dangerous beyond secondary school. Bruno Retailleau confirmed “Doubts about the use of uniforms at the university” when Éric Ciotti said he wasn’t “Sure it’s allowed for an adult at the university”. “We would have some reaction movements in the amphitheatres, and we have enough of such tensions,” he added.

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When asked about his comments on Wednesday, Mr Pradié tried to clarify them somehow, even backing down. “I don’t want a religious sign in schools, colleges and high schools”, He first started on the Europe 1 mic before continuing: “On the question of universities, yes, I think we have a fight to fight today. »

Repeatedly affirm that you don’t have it “Never talked about uniform at university” and avoiding memories, Aurélien Pradié redirected his argument: “Tomorrow the law must leave the universities the freedom if they want to specify outfits, I’m not saying uniforms but to have clothes of belonging”, for example “a polo shirt” Where “a sweat” borne by all students “during exams”.

Aurélien Pradié had already come under criticism from her own camp over the past few weeks on the question of wearing the religious veil. The “social right” candidate actually hardened his position on the issue during his campaign for the LR presidency, saying he favors a ban in public spaces. But excerpts from previous interviews have resurfaced on social media, highlighting his reversals.

In 2019, on the air of France Inter, the Secretary General of LR confirmed: “In a museum, on a local council or on the street, I have no problem with a woman being veiled or someone wearing a yarmulke! On the other hand, schooling is a matter of public service and secularism. » He added: “I would be the first to defend women who want to wear the veil in public spaces. »

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