Arab Today, arab today hate and extremism not islam
Last Updated : GMT 00:31:15
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

French PM Manuel Valls:

Hate and extremism 'not Islam'

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Hate and extremism 'not Islam'

French PM Manuel Valls (C)
Paris - Arab Today

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls stressed on Monday there was no link between extremism and Islam, as he opened a conference aimed at improving ties with France's large Muslim community.

"We must say all of this is not Islam," said Valls. "The hate speech, anti-Semitism that hides behind anti-Zionism and hate for Israel... the self-proclaimed imams in our neighbourhoods and our prisons who are promoting violence and terrorism."

Five months after the jihadist attacks in Paris that killed 17 people and shocked the world, the forum held Monday was the first of a series of meetings the government plans to hold with top officials from the roughly five million-strong Muslim community, the largest in Europe.

Since the January attacks, France has seen a spike in reports of anti-Muslim acts, including a three-fold rise in vandalism targeting mosques.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve told the around 120 Muslim community leaders and top government officials at the forum that the full extent of anti-Muslim violence and threats was underestimated because victims do not always come forward.

"I would like us to fight together against this feeling of resignation," he said. "Victims must report the acts and threats to which they are subjected."

Leaders also debated security at religious sites, the image of Islam in the media and the building of new mosques.

There are some 2,500 mosques in France, with another 300 projects underway, but creating new Muslim places of worship has sometimes prompted fierce opposition from local residents and right-wing politicians.

- 'Stigmatised' -

In one case, the mayor of the Parisian suburb of Mantes-la-Ville, who belongs to France's far-right National Front party, has repeatedly tried to halt a project to turn a city-owned site into a mosque.

The president of a leading French Muslim organisation told the forum it was time for the government to act.

"Today the situation calls for renewed attention from public powers. This forum is an opportunity for us to express our discomfort with being lumped together" with Islamists, said Dalil Boubakeur, president of the French Muslim Council (CFCM).  

Those responsible for jihadist attacks "belong to a different world than we do", he added.

Cazeneuve pledged to provide ongoing security for mosques, about 1,000 of which are currently under some type of police protection.

"I want to provide you with my total commitment to protect your places of worship as long as threats exist," said Cazeneuve.

Radicalisation, however, was not on the agenda for the half-day gathering at the interior ministry, which said putting it on the table would send "the wrong message to the French and to the Muslim community."

The gathering is a tricky exercise for the government because it is seeking to improve dialogue with the Muslim community while trying to avoid looking like it is singling it out.

When former French president Nicolas Sarkozy's right-wing opposition party held an internal meeting earlier this month on the "question of Islam" in France, it drew criticism from Muslim groups and some members of the party for "stigmatising" the religion.

Valls aimed to strike a different note, telling the forum that Islam is part of French society.

"Islam still provokes misunderstandings, prejudices, and is rejected by some citizens," the prime minister said.

"Yet Islam is here to stay in France. It's the second largest religious group in our country."  
Source: AFP

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today hate and extremism not islam Arab Today, arab today hate and extremism not islam

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Nasima Gamei revives Algerian heritage in jewelries

GMT 22:42 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Nasima Gamei revives Algerian heritage in jewelries
Arab Today, arab today Saudis await visitors but will they come?

GMT 11:54 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Saudis await visitors but will they come?
Arab Today, arab today Sarah Belamesh designs antiques of "ceramic"

GMT 19:45 2017 Monday ,20 February

Sarah Belamesh designs antiques of "ceramic"
Arab Today, arab today Blind sheikh buried in Egypt

GMT 06:32 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Blind sheikh buried in Egypt
Arab Today, arab today Media host Mona Iraqi stresses her show's success

GMT 15:32 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Media host Mona Iraqi stresses her show's success

GMT 04:32 2016 Saturday ,29 October

Cassette tapes fast-forward to new following in Asia

GMT 11:49 2016 Monday ,17 October

Turkish film shines light on child brides

GMT 10:42 2016 Friday ,07 October

Rebels' archfoe turned peacemaker

GMT 09:14 2016 Monday ,26 September

Poetry 'can save Arab world'

GMT 07:39 2016 Monday ,11 July

Accused of 'disturbing public peace'

GMT 08:42 2016 Friday ,10 June

Lubna Al Qasimi pays rich tributes to writers

GMT 07:23 2016 Thursday ,19 May

New museum will 'preserve Palestinian memory'
View News in Arabic - Culture: حوارات وتقارير
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today To hold social dialogue over secondary school

GMT 07:43 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

To hold social dialogue over secondary school
Arab Today, arab today UK appoints 1st Scotland Yard chief in 188 years

GMT 05:14 2017 Thursday ,23 February

UK appoints 1st Scotland Yard chief in 188 years
Arab Today, arab today Ex-yoga missionary unleashes rage

GMT 12:16 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Ex-yoga missionary unleashes rage
Arab Today, arab today Pluto's unruly moons

GMT 06:31 2015 Thursday ,04 June

Pluto's unruly moons
Arab Today, arab today Tesla back into red but revenue grows

GMT 07:27 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Tesla back into red but revenue grows
Arab Today, arab today Nissan enhances sales in most markets

GMT 14:08 2017 Monday ,20 February

Nissan enhances sales in most markets
Arab Today, arab today Salma Rashid happy for 'A Whisper of Love'

GMT 05:19 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

Salma Rashid happy for 'A Whisper of Love'
Arab Today, arab today Milan laughs while Rome cries

GMT 10:28 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Milan laughs while Rome cries

GMT 06:41 2017 Monday ,20 February

Janat pleased for issuing 'Good Morning'

GMT 12:35 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

63-Year-Old Woman Delivers Baby

GMT 20:02 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

Nohan Seyam designs beautiful accessories

GMT 15:53 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

Small ponds have outsized impact

GMT 23:29 2017 Thursday ,16 February

Home built on sand castles-style costs $8m

GMT 07:51 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Mom's immune system accepts babies

GMT 17:46 2017 Saturday ,18 February

Tourist guide reveals methods of tourist attractions

GMT 13:12 2015 Saturday ,09 May

Sheikh Sultan opens Sharjah Centre

GMT 12:22 2017 Monday ,20 February

Kanye West puts hijab-wearing model
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday