Mus­lim cler­ics barred from en­ter­ing France

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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.

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