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Emmanuel Macron promises to “win the battle” against Muslims who create separate communities in France

Emmanuel Macron promises to “win the battle” against Muslims who create separate communities in France

  • French President made the comments about a visit to a police station in Mulhouse
  • The area is considered a security issue due to tensions related to religion
  • He regretted children who were removed from school because of radical ideas related to Islam

Emmanuel Macron today promised to “win the battle” against Muslims who create separate communities in France.

During a visit to a police station in a densely populated district of Mulhouse, in the east of the country, the French president said: “The Republic must keep its promises.

“We must fight separatism, because if the Republic does not keep its promises, others will try to replace it.”

He added: “We have decided to win the fight against Islamic separatism through education and the economy.”

Referring to “communitarianism” – the establishment of self-governing communities in the state – the prime minister said he was fed up with children leaving school because of radical political ideas related to Islam.

Emmanuel Macron during a visit to a police station in the Bourtzwiller district, Mulhouse, Eastern France

Emmanuel Macron during a visit to a police station in the Bourtzwiller district, Mulhouse, Eastern France

Mr Macron and Minister of the Interior Christophe Castaner (right) meeting with police officers during the visit

Mr Macron and Minister of the Interior Christophe Castaner (right) meeting with police officers during the visit

Mr Macron and Minister of the Interior Christophe Castaner (right) meeting with police officers during the visit

Macron said, “We are here for a reason that we share with Muslims – that is the fight against communitarianism.”

And he added, “We must fight discrimination – we must have a meritocracy everywhere.”

France is a secular republic that does not collect official statistics about the religion or race of citizens.

But Bourtzwiller, the district of the eastern city of Mulhouse that Mr Macron visited, is considered a security problem due to tensions related to religious belief.

In 2012, with a population of 15,000, Bourtzwiller was designated as one of the 47 “Republican reconquest districts” where traditional French values ​​were challenged.

This led to more police and security measures in the area and stricter supervision of radical preaching.

The French Prime Minister listens to a police officer in the Bourtzwiller district, who is considered a security issue due to tensions related to religious belief

The French Prime Minister listens to a police officer in the Bourtzwiller district, who is considered a security issue due to tensions related to religious belief

The French Prime Minister listens to a police officer in the Bourtzwiller district, who is considered a security issue due to tensions related to religious belief

Macron greets people during his visit, where he promises today to “win the battle” against Muslims creating separate communities in France

The president greets a police officer during the visit, before later complaining that children are leaving school because of radical political ideas related to Islam

The president greets a police officer during the visit, before later complaining that children are leaving school because of radical political ideas related to Islam

The president greets a police officer during the visit, before later complaining that children are leaving school because of radical political ideas related to Islam

Many of the inhabitants of Bourtzwiller have links with former French colonies in North Africa, such as Algeria.

There are also concerns about the financing of the new £ 25 million An-Nour mosque and the Muslim center in Mulhouse, as about half of this amount comes from the gas and gas-rich state of Qatar.

France has an estimated Muslim population of six million – the largest in Western Europe.

There are frequent claims of discrimination against them, especially those who live in residential areas in areas such as Bourtzwiller.

Parties such as the National Rally – formerly called the National Front – are often accused of prejudice against Muslims, along with other right-wing parties such as the Republicans.

Macron himself has been accused of going further to the right while trying to win voters from both sides.

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