France unveils plans to get rid of all ‘foreign-trained, extremist imams’

Tuesday, August 30, 2016
By Paul Martin

ALL radical, foreign-trained imams in France will be replaced with more secular Muslim leaders trained within the country, in an effort to stop radicalisation in mosques, it has been announced.

Tue, Aug 30, 2016

The creation of a Foundation for Islam has become the government’s top priority after more than 80 people were killed during the Jihadist attacks in Nice and Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray this summer.

France’s interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve said yesterday that the government’s aim is to shape “an Islam deeply rooted in the values of the Republic”.

The new Islamic foundation in France – home to four million Muslims – will be under the chairmanship of former defence minister, Jean-Pierre Chevènement, and will act as a “bridge between the French state and the country’s Muslims”, said the interior minister.

One branch of the foundation, which will be run by tolerant religious figures, will work on the financing of mosques.

The second will encourage cultural projects and help finance imam training.

Between 1,600 and 1,800 imams are currently based in France, but most have been trained abroad.

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