France intends to investigate universities to root out “Islamo-leftist” teaching and ideas that are fracturing French society as the government seeks to cut down on what officials say is American influence on French universities.
The French government announced the probe earlier this week following months of rhetoric from top French officials and leading academics warning against ideas coming to France from American universities.
French minister of higher education Frédérique Vidal told Parliament on Tuesday that the National Center for Scientific Research, a state-run research organization, would carry out an investigation into the “totality of research underway in our country,” according to The New York Times. This is the first time the French government has taken concrete steps to clamp down on what officials have referred to as “Islamo-leftist” ideas.
The Times notes other remarks Vidal made in a recent interview in which she slammed “Islamo-leftist” ideas focused on spreading division:
In an earlier television interview, Ms. Vidal said