Skip to comments.BBC: France 'to expel radical imams'
Posted on 07/15/2005 7:55:37 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy has vowed to deport any Muslim cleric preaching violence.
Speaking after meeting his Spanish counterpart in Madrid, Mr Sarkozy said he would seek the expulsion of imams in France "whose sermons are radical".
Mr Sarkozy said France and Spain had agreed tougher joint measures against Islamic militancy.
Two days ago, France reimposed border controls with its EU neighbours following the London bombings.
Call for unity
After meeting Spanish Interior Minister Jose Antonio Alonso, Mr Sarkozy told reporters radical preaching would no longer be tolerated in France.
"The [French] republic is not a weak regime and it does not have to accept speech which on the pretext that it is happening in a place of worship calls for hate and murder.
"Those who persist in this way will systematically be the object of an expulsion procedure."
Over the past decade France has expelled several foreign-born Muslim preachers after accusing them of abusing their positions by inciting violence.
The minister said Western countries must unite in the fight against al-Qaeda.
"I know of only one policy against these people - firmness, arresting them, punishing them, penalising them, in Madrid, London, New York, everywhere.
"We must never allow ourselves to give them the satisfaction of a division between us," he said.
Mr Sarkozy said he and Mr Alonso had agreed to strengthen co-operation in the fight against Islamic militancy.
France has stepped up security measures in the light of the London bombings, including restoring border controls with its EU neighbours.
On Thursday, French President Jacques Chirac warned that no country was immune from terrorist attacks.
"These terrorists have a mentality, a psychological state that is different from our own. All efforts must be made to fight against terrorism," he said.
Mr Sarkozy said he would seek the expulsion of imams in France "whose sermons are radical".
Won't that just make the terrorists mad and cause them to increase their attacks?</European Logic>
I know. We havent even done that? What a weird world sometimes!
Sarkozy said they would face "expulsion" and also that they would be "punished." I don't view these as the same things.
We'll that's just "mean-spirited."
Sarkozy is likely to be the next French President. He is excellent, and would've mde good friends with Reagen and Thatcher. He is pro-growth, pro-US, anti-crime, Christian
OMG...what will the "Arab Street" think of this?
As Major Bob Bevalaqua once said on FNC "Screw the arab street, I'm sick of hearing about the arab street". I laughed my ass off. Major Bob for president!!!
Sarkozy was the first to take apart Tariq Ramadan on TV.He will not tolerate any crap.
The left thinks Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson are radical and they would be the first to be expelled under a Janet Reno led DOJ if we had this law here in the U.S.
Uhhhhmmmmm.....yeah. According to the leftists we should be offering our compassion, understanding, and.....money.
Thank God. And how soon is the election? seriously?
The French are slow to anger, but once they have the momentum they can go a long ways.
That sounds very encouraging, how come we have never heard his name before?
Some of the Left would try to make political hay, some would think it a good idea. One thing, next time America is attacked at home, deportations should start. No doubt there is a list already.
Scary. Can't remember if it was here or elsewhere, but someone pointed out that the Frogs are quietly doing war against radical Islam from within their own borders rather ruthlessly.
"Won't that just make the terrorists mad and cause them to increase their attacks?"
Yep. Kicking a Muslim out of a country will be seen as a humiliating act against ALL Muslims and thus they will be forced to make the perp's pay.
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