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– Storbritannia taper kampen mot islamske ekstremister hvis de ikke forbyr burkaer, sa det franske parlamentsmedlemmet Jacques Myard under et besøk i Qatar. Myard, som er arkitekten bak det franske burkaforbudet og var i Qatar for å forsvare forbudet i den prestisjefylte Qatar Foundation Doha-debatten, mener også at Storbritannias «slappe politikk har åpnet døren for terrorisme».

– Å tillate kvinner å ekskludere seg selv fra samfunnet ved å bære full islamsk tilsløring gjør radikale ekstremt komfortable, og det bør Storbritannia innse, la Myard til.

His comments will inflame tensions between London and Paris five years after the 7/7 London bombings, which the French have regularly blamed on lax policing.

Referring to the 2005 atrocity, which left 52 dead and hundreds injured, Mr Myard added: ‘Britain has suffered a number of high-profile failures in its fight against extremism in recent years.

‘These could have been prevented if all signs of extremism were curbed, as they are in France.’

Asked if Britain should introduce its own burqa ban, Mr Myard replied: ‘Of course – it is fundamental to ensuring that extremism is kept in check.

‘There’s a good reason why London was nicknamed Londonistan – it was full of Islamic extremists. People should be learning from these mistakes.’

As chairman of the cross-party commission which spent two years investigating burqas and niqabs in France, Mr Myard’s recommendations led to a full ban being passed by Parliament earlier this month.

It has already led to terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda issuing threats against France, but the country has largely escaped the kind of atrocities which have blighted countries including Britain and the U.S. over the past decade.

In a more light-hearted snipe at his neighbours across the Channel, Mr Myard said: ‘The French have been standing up for gender equality since Joan Of Arc fought the English barbarians six hundred years ago.

‘Women should not have to wear the burqa, which by its very nature excludes them from France’s secular Republic.’

Til tross for sitt sterke forsvar for det franske burkaforbudet, tapte Myard Doha-debatten «Dette huset mener at Frankrike gjorde rett i forby ansiktstildekning» i Qatar. Han ble slått av det britiske laget bestående av London-journalistene Mehdi Hassan og Nabila Ramdani, som fikk 78 prosent av salens stemmer for sitt innlegg mot forbud.

Den fjernsynsoverførte debatten, som ble sendt av bla BBC World i helgen, forventes sett av 350 millioner mennesker i 200 land.

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