Two specialists of Salafism, a fundamentalist version of Islam, are raising awareness among French middle-schoolers on the dangers of indoctrination. France 24 reports from one of the pair's workshops.
In room B6 of the Collège Saint-Chef, a middle school in a French town of 3,600 between Lyon and Grenoble, Madame Brazon's History-Geography class stepped off the beaten track last Tuesday. "What are we going to talk about today?" the students were asked. Young Lisa, her hair swept up in a French twist, threw her hand up, "Salafism."
"Propaganda," Eline chipped in from the front row.
"Radicalisation," said Damien from the back of the class.
To broach complex hot topics like these with 14-year-olds, their teacher opened her door to a mother whose daughter was indoctrinated to Salafism as a 12-year-old and later decamped to suburban London at 18 to wed her polygamist husband.