France’s ‘Islamo-leftism’ row: Uproar over minister’s probe into academic research

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    Smack in the middle of a pandemic comes a culture war, with the first shot fired by Emmanuel Macron’s own government. Some 600 French academics have signed an open letter calling for the resignation of the junior minister for higher education. Why did Frederique Vidal call for the national scientific research center to probe the impact of “Islamo-leftism” on intellectual circles? What even is “Islamo-leftism”? 

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