Of Tunisian heritage Chalghoumi backed the burqa/niqab ban. He has also been actively pursuing dialogue with Jews, in spite of death threats. Chalghoumi actually agreed with then President Sarkozy's assertion that "The burqa is not a religious sign, it's a sign of subservience, a sign of debasement..", and that France ".. cannot accept that women be prisoners behind a screen, cut off from all social life, deprived of all identity,"and therefore they are not welcome in France.
Although he didn't agree with all the proposed provisions of the ban- including fining women for wearing the veil, or cutting off their child support payments- he definitely agreed that immigrant women who wear the veil should not be given citizenship. In 2010, he told Le Parisien:
"Yes, I am for a legal ban of the burqa, which has no place in France, a country where women have been voting since 1945."
"...full face veils had no basis in Islam and "belong to a tiny minority tradition reflecting an ideology that scuttles the Muslim religion."
"The burqa is a prison for women, a tool of sexist domination and Islamist indoctrination."
"Having French nationality means wanting to take part in society, at school, at work," he said.
"But with a bit of cloth over their faces, what can these women share with us? If they want to wear the veil, they can go to a country where it's the tradition, like Saudi Arabia."
In this 2011 interview on Al Arabiya TV, Chalghoumi discusses how Islam has become a religion of extremism which denies women their rights. For his outspoken condemnation of extremism he walks around with police escorts.
It's too bad that he's only one voice being drowned out in a sea of politically correct voices that are too afraid to say "this is our country, adapt or get out." It's too bad he's only one man attempting to dialogue with Jews in a bid to create peace on this planet. It's too bad he's being threatened with death because of those attempts. I commend him for having the courage to buck the Islamic 'religious' system, and standing up for human rights. If he is indeed sincere in that quest.