French premier proposes ban on mosque financing from foreign sources

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls is calling for a ban on foreign funding for mosque construction in France, days after two suspected Islamist extremists killed an 86-year-old priest in an attack on a church in Upper Normandy.

In an interview with French daily Le Monde published on Friday, Valls said he supports barring non-domestic funding for mosque construction for an indeterminate period of time.

The premier said he also advocates a new form of collaboration between the French government and the country's Islamic institutions.

"We need a basic restructuring and must establish a new relationship with the Islam of France," Valls said, adding that he especially hopes that imams would receive their training in France.

The country's interior minister is drafting recommendations, Valls said.

Though strengthening dialogue between the state and Islamic institutions is a priority, Valls said France needs to take a decisive stance against fundamental ideologies.

"Salafism has no place in France," he said, referring to an ultra-conservative reform movement within Sunni Islam. "One should not pull away from this debate."

One day after Tuesday's church attack, Dalil Boubakeur, the rector of the largest mosque in Paris, issued a call for "specific reforms in our institutions" and more attention to the training of Muslim clerics.

Last update: Fri, 29/07/2016 - 12:39

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