Muslim clerics barred from entering France
PARIS | France has barred a group of Muslim clerics, including one of the most prominent voices in Sunni Islam, from entering the country to attend a conference.
France’s Foreign Ministry said Thursday the clerics were invited by the French Islamic Union to speak at a congress in Le Bourget near Paris from April 6 to 9.
One of those barred, the Egyptianborn Sheikh Yusuf al-qaradawi, says he refuses to come to France.
The ban also includes other highprofile Muslim clerics of Palestinian, Egyptian and Saudi origin.
The Foreign Ministry said in a statement that “these people call for hatred and violence and seriously violate the principles of the Republic, and in the current context, seriously risk disrupting public order.”
President Nicolas Sarkozy said earlier this week that these figures would not be “welcome” as their views are incompatible with French values.