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Myriam Francois-Cerrah


Olivier Roy on Laicite as Ideology, the Myth of 'National Identity' and Racism in the French Republic

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Following the Charlie Hebdo attacks, Professor Olivier Roy, Head of the Mediterranean Program at the European University Institute discusses the development of the concept of laicite in France, from its emergence as a tool for the management of diversity, to its rebranding as an ideology of exclusion. In this interview, he questions the notion of national identity as a politicized concept and identifies a profound crisis of identity at its root. He also outlines the ...

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Myriam Francois-Cerrah


Myriam Francois-Cerrah is a writer and broadcaster with a focus on current affairs, France and the Middle East. She is currently a columnist for the New Statesman and Middle East Eye, and a former correspondent for Huffington Post US.She is currently a PhD (DPhil) researcher at Oxford University, focusing on Islamic movements in Morocco, she tutors in Middle East politics at the Oxford university department for Politics and International Relations.