You must accept new charter in 15 days, Macron tells French Muslims


By Ismail Auwal

French President Emmanuel Macron has asked Muslim leaders to accept a “charter of republican values” as part of a strategy to shutdown on radical Islam.

On Wednesday Macron gave the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM) a 15-day ultimatum to accept the charter.

The charter state that Islam is a religion and not a political movement, it also prohibit foreign intrusion in Muslim groups

This follows the results of three suspected Islamist attacks in less than a month

Mr Macron has defended French secularism in the rise of the attacks, which included the beheading of a teacher who showed cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad during a class discussion last month.

The president and his interior minister, Gérald Darmanin, met eight CFCM leaders at the Élysée palace.

Two principles will be inscribed in black and white [in the charter]: the rejection of political Islam and any foreign interference,” one source told the Le Parisien newspaper after the meeting.

The formation of the National Council of Imams was also agreed upon.

President Macron has also announced new measures to tackle “Islamic extremism” in France.

The measures unveiled on Wednesday, includes a bill that will seek to prevent radicalization

It was unveiled on Wednesday, and includes measures such as:
• Restrictions on home-schooling and harsher punishments for those who intimidate public officials on religious grounds

• Giving children an identification number under the law that would be used to ensure they are attending school. Parents who break the law could face up to six months in jail as well as large fines

• A ban on sharing the personal information of a person in a way that allows them to be located by people who want to harm them

“We must save our children from the clutches of the Islamists,” Mr Darmanin told the Le Figaro newspaper on Wednesday. The draft law will be discussed by the French cabinet on 9 December.

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