01 August 2016

France starts to talk tough on fighting radical Islam

The French government are convinced, it seems, that the Muslim community must play a key role in the battle against jihadism and terrorism.

After a spate of recent terror attacks the French Prime Minister Manuel Valls and his Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve have been talking tough.

Under pressure from the right to be seen to be tackling radical Islam, Cazeneuve announced on Monday that French authorities had shut down since December around 20 mosques and prayer halls considered to be preaching radical Islam.

He also said that since 2012, 80 people had been expelled from France, and dozens more expulsions were underway, without giving further details.

"There is no place ... in France for those who call for and incite hatred in prayer halls or in mosques, and who don't respect certain republican principles, notably equality between men and women," the minister said. [The Local] Read more