France to curb on foreign imams in bid to combat separatism

epa08226325 French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech during a press conference as part of his visit in Mulhouse, eastern France, 18 February 2020. Macron said he was determined to fight against 'Islamist separatism' but also 'discrimination'. EPA-EFE/JEAN-FRANCOIS BADIAS / POOL Pool MAXPPP OUT

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French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday announced measures to end a programme that allowed foreign countries to send imams and teachers to provide services without supervision in France in a bid to crack down on what he called the risk of “separatism”.

France 24 reports Macron saying that the government sought to combat “foreign interference” in how Islam is practiced and the way its religious institutions are organised in the secular country.

“The problem is when in the name of a religion, some want to separate themselves from the Republic and therefore not respect its laws,” he said. Macron said he plans to end a programme created in 1977 that allowed nine countries to send imams and teachers to France to provide foreign language and culture classes without any supervision from French authorities.

The programme covered Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco and Turkey.

Via France 24

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