Bid to stop ‘iso­la­tion’

Pretoria News - - WORLD - |

PARIS: Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron said says he wants to take stronger ac­tion against rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion and the iso­la­tion of Mus­lims from the rest of French so­ci­ety.

He called sep­a­ratism an enemy and in­com­pat­i­ble with the free­dom, equal­ity and unity of the na­tion.

Macron said it was not ac­cept­able that laws be bro­ken in the name of a re­li­gion: “We can­not have the laws of Turkey on French soil.”

He said France wanted to slowly phase out imams sent by other states, while in­creas­ing the num­ber of French-trained Mus­lim schol­ars and lead­ers. This was not a “plan against Is­lam”, he said.

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