French Interior Minister Manuel Valls has said that Paris is set to deport a string of radical religious imams as part of a fight against “global jihadism.”
al-Jazeera “Several radical imams will be expelled in the coming days,” Valls told a Brussels conference called to tackle Islamic extremism in Europe on Tuesday, without identifying any of the individuals concerned.
“There is a religious environment, there are radical Salafist groupings, who are involved in a political process, whose aim is to monopolise cultural associations, the schooling system,” he added. “We will expel all these imams who denigrate women, who hold views that run counter to our values and who say there is a need to combat France. “We have to be extremely firm and that I will be,” he said.
The move is part of a programme that France has carried for years against those who preach violence or considered to be a threat to public order and French values.
Last October, France has expelled a Tunisian imam accused of anti-Semitism and of calling his followers to “violent jihad” and violence against women, the interior ministry said. Mohamed Hammami was deported to Tunisia, where he is a citizen.” “In his sermons,” Hammami “encouraged violent jihad, made anti-Semitic remarks and justified the use of violence and corporal punishment against women.”