Macron Gives Ultimatum to Muslim Leaders in France to Accept Republican Values

French President Emmanuel Macron has given an ultimatum to Muslim leaders across France to accept a charter of republican values as part of a nationwide crackdown on radical Islam.

French President Emmanuel Macron has delivered an ultimatum to Muslim leaders across France to accept a charter of republican values as part of a nationwide crackdown on radical Islam after three recent terror attacks. 

Macron gave a 15-day ultimatum to the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM) to accept the charter, which will state that Islam is a religion and is apolitical while also prohibiting “foreign interference” in Muslim groups.

In response, the CFCM has agreed to create a National Council of Imams, which will reportedly issue imams with official accreditation which could be withdrawn if they are not compliant with French regulations.

 Macron has also announced new measures to tackle what he called “Islamist separatism”  which seeks to prevent radicalization among Muslim citizens in France.

Among those restrictions are guidelines on home-schooling, harsher punishments for individuals who intimidate public officials on religious grounds, and giving children an identification number under the law that would be used to ensure they were attending school. 

Parents who are caught breaking the new regulations could face up to six months in jail as well as large fines.

The draft law will be reportedly be discussed by the French cabinet on 9 December.


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