Emmanuel Macron, Roxana Maracineanu, the Minister of Sports and Julien Denormandie, the Minister of Territorial Cohesion in Mulhouse, February 18, 2020. - ELIOT BLONDET-POOL / SIPA
A case sensitive to the approach of the municipal. Accompanied by several ministers, French President Emmanuel Macron went to Mulhouse (Haut-Rhin) on Tuesday to present the strategy for combating communalism and "separatism" in the Republic.
"Our enemy is separatism" but "a plan against Islam would be a deep fault", began the French president, announcing that he wanted "to fight against foreign influences", "to favor the organization of the Muslim cult" and "to fight against any manifestation of Islamist "separatism".
End of "detached imams"
Emmanuel Macron explained that France would gradually stop welcoming "seconded imams" sent by other countries, such as Turkey and Algeria, while increasing the number of imams trained in France. "We are gradually going to get out of this device," he said.
In addition to these 300 seconded imams, the head of state also announced the end of the reception of the 300 or so "chanters" received each year during the Ramadan period.
Financing of places of worship
The French president also announced that he wanted "mosques funded in a transparent manner with imams trained in France and respectful of [our] values". "We need to know where the money comes from, who gets it and what for," added Emmanuel Macron.
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- Emmanuel Macron