H/T igrowmyown for this story in the Daily Mail:
French high schools allow students to smoke on the premises so extremists can’t try and convert them when they go outside for a cigarette
French high schools are allowing students to smoke on school grounds so that they don’t become targets for extremists when they gather for cigarette breaks on the street outside.
A leading union of school administrators first made the request five days after the November 13 attacks in Paris that left 130 people dead and 350 wounded.
Following a refusal by the health ministry, the SNPDEN union last week renewed its call for a loosening of the school smoking ban as long as France remains under a state of emergency.
And some schools have already gone ahead anyway, according to media reports.
Around one third of French teenagers between the ages of 15 and 19 smoke, according to government statistics.
In its letter dated November 18, the SNPDEN union said: ‘During each recess, in more than 2,000 schools in France, dozens of youth or even hundreds at the largest establishments form static and compact groups in a predictable way for 15 to 20 minutes.’
The health ministry’s rejection letter late last year included a reminder that France is currently trying to cut the number of smokers by 10 percent by 2019, and said that ‘the state of emergency changes nothing’ regarding anti-smoking laws.
School directors who are caught permitting students to smoke in the courtyard risk a fine of between €135 (£102) and €750 (£568).
I suspect that what the schools are really worried about is not so much that their pupils will be targeted for conversion by Islamists during smoke breaks (conversion to Islam inside 10 minutes?), but rather that they’ll be targeted by Islamists with AK47s. After all, it was the smokers sitting outside Paris bistros that were the targets back in November. Schools were quick to notice this, it would seem.
And how encouraging that a third of French teenagers smoke. That’s a lot better than the school near me, where as far as I can see, none of them smoke. We could do with an exchange of French students here in Herefordshire, to show our lot how it’s done.
And interesting that school directors who permit smoking risk being fined, even though France is in a state of emergency. That’s how top down control works, just like it did in the UK where pub landlords who permitted smoking were hit with hefty fines. So that’s a dilemma: Do you obey the antismoking laws, and drive students out of school grounds to smoke in easily-targeted bunches for AK47-wielding Islamists (who are as antismoking as any French antismoking zealot) to slaughter, or do you flout the law and keep them out of sight of crazed Islamic gunmen?
In other French news, good for François Hollande:
Hollande-Rouhani lunch scrapped after Elysée Palace ‘refused to remove wine from menu’
The lunch with François Hollande was reportedly dropped as the French refused to bow to demand for halal meat to be served and for the wine to be left off the table