France to expel anyone threatening security in name of Islam: Minister

Racism, fundamentalism is not part of Islam, says French interior minister.


September 27, 2012
France to expel anyone threatening security in name of Islam: Minister

STRASBOURG: France will expel any foreigner who threatens security at home or abroad in the name of Islam or does not respect the country's secular traditions, Interior Minister Manuel Valls said Thursday.

France will be "intransigent... and I will not hesitate to expel those who claim to follow Islam and represent a serious threat to public order and as foreigners in our country do not respect our laws and values," he said at a ceremony to inaugurate a grand mosque in the eastern city of Strasbourg.

"The preachers of hatred, those espousing obscurantism and fundamentalists ... do not have a place in France," he said. "Racism, fundamentalism is not part of Islam."

"Those who are on our soil to defy our laws and want to attack the foundations of our society cannot remain here," he said.

The mosque, which can hold 1,500 worshippers, is the biggest in France, which with four million Muslims has the largest Islamic population in western Europe.

COMMENTS (36)

G. Din | 11 years ago | Reply

@chand: " I have very little respect for any country where a child cannot call his father “Dad” and mother “Mom”." Now, that should put all Frenchies in their proper place!!!!! A child may call his father and grandfather by their first names in America. Does that deprive America also of your respect?

Julien L. | 11 years ago | Reply

@gp65:

The Strasbourg Mosque is NOT the biggest in Europe, but is declared to be the biggest in France. The biggest mosque in Europe (apart from the ones built by the Moors in Spain, of course) is the Baitul Futuh Mosque in Morden, London. It can hold a maximum of 10 000 worshippers.

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