Prime Minister Manuel Vallis in a forum with the theme ‘Republic and Islam: Together accept the challenge,’ said “We must help Islam to grow and solidify its position in France.” Ironically, in his address, he emphasized ‘love and secularism,’ which is contradictory to everything Islam stands for.
Lalsace (via DVM) The question of the place of Islam in the republic is “a tough question,” according to the Prime Minister who made a simple observation: “The Republic has only existed for two centuries, Islam for 14 centuries, and secularism for a hundred years. “ “We must bring forth an Islam deeply rooted and established in France, in the Republic (Well there goes any possibility of a future for secularism).”
I am convinced that in the coming years, Islam will play an important role in the world. And this role is played in France because we are under siege from millions of Muslims who live in France. If we show the youth that this is where it can happen, we gain a huge ideological battle. “Make it clear to young Muslims, too,” they do not have to assimilate into French culture “but simply” to fully exercise their citizenship.”
Last week, Valis also stressed 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, the self-proclaimed imams in our neighborhoods and our prisons who are promoting violence and terrorism.”
Radicalization, however, will not be among the topics discussed during the half-day long gathering at France’s interior ministry, which said putting it on the table would be “a bad message to the French and to the Muslim community.” The gathering is a tricky exercise for the government because it is seeking an improved dialogue with the Muslim community, but it must avoid appearances that 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 “stigmatizing” the religion.
Marine LePen, on the other hand…leader of Front National, which has become the largest party in France, could be preparing to ban the Islamic religion throughout the French territory. The solution was mentioned as a means to counter the great European population replacement, the result of widespread Islamization of the country.
For the establishment of the State of Emergency in 2017, the president of the National Front may well prohibit Islam temporarily for safety reasons, before emptying France of its Muslims and/or stopping immigration from Muslim countries. This will require that Marine Le Pen reaches the presidency of the republic, but this should be a formality given her leading position in the current polls.
The last time that Act No. 55-385 of 3 April 1955 governing the state of emergency was used goes back to 2005, when Jacques Chirac, former president, had brought up the subject because of the Muslim suburban riots, something that continues to this day.
This is not only a problem for France, but a problem that has grown exponentially in the past five years.