İrem UZUN -TDO- Emmanuel Macron has announced a law against religious “separatism” aimed at freeing Islam in France from “foreign influences”. “Our challenge is to fight against those who go off the rails in the name of religion … while protecting those who believe in Islam and are full citizens of the republic,” Macron said.
In a awaited speech, Macron said a minority of France's estimated six million Muslims were in danger of forming a "counter-society". He had been under pressure to address radical Islam amid security fears. But his comments were condemned by some Muslim activists who accused him of trying to repress Islam in the country.
Macron described Islam as "a religion that is in crisis all over the world today" as he focused his keynote address on the battle against Islamic radicalism in France. The French president said Islam was in crisis due to "an extreme hardening" of positions. He announced the government would present a draft law in December aimed at strengthening secularism in France, against what he described as "Islamist separatism" in the country.
The measures include placing mosques under greater control and requiring that imams are trained and certified in France. The aim would be to “liberate French Islam from foreign influences”, he said, particularly funding. Islamic organizations that receive funding from the French state will have to sign a “secular charter”. Associations found to be pushing ideas contrary to republican ideals could be ordered to disband, and €10m of public funds would be used to finance higher education studies and research into Islamic culture and civilization.