Macron Vows Crackdown on ‘Islamist Separatism’ in France

By Norimitsu Onishi and Aurelien Breeden | New York Times |

“We built our own separatism ourselves,” President Emmanuel Macron of France said on Friday.Credit…Pool photo by Ludovic Marin

PARIS — President Emmanuel Macron of France on Friday outlined  measures designed to rein in the influence of radical Islam in the country and help develop what he called an “Islam of France” compatible with the nation’s republican values.

In a long-awaited speech on the subject, Mr. Macron said that the influence of Islamism must be eradicated from public institutions even as he acknowledged government failures in allowing it to spread.

The measures include placing stringent limits on home-schooling and increasing scrutiny of religious schools, making associations that solicit public funds sign a “charter” on secularism.  While these measures would apply to any group, they are intended to counter extremists in the Muslim community.

Under the measures, the widespread practice of bringing over foreign imams to work in France, where they are often accused of preaching an outdated or extreme version of Islam, would be ended.

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