President Emmanuel Macron of France has issued a 15-day ultimatum Muslim leaders in the country.
Macron gave French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM) a 15-day ultimatum to accept “charter of republican values” which is part of a broad clampdown on radical Islam. He said the charter should include an affirmation of French values, a specification that Islam in France is a religion and not a political movement, and spitulate an end to any interference or affiliation with foreign countries.
BBC reported that CFCM has agreed to create a National Council of Imams which will reportedly issue imams with official accreditation which could be withdrawn.
The French President has strongly defended French secularism in the wake of the attacks, which included the beheading of a teacher who showed cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad during a class discussion last month.
In a meeting attended by head of the French Council of the Islamic Faith, Mohamed Mousavi and the dean of the Paris Mosque, Shams El Din Hafez, in addition to representatives of the nine federations that make up the French Council of the Islamic Faith (CFCM), Macron warned that “if some do not sign this charter, we will draw conclusions,” adding that he “took note of their proposals”.
Depending on the role of the imams, they will need to have a certain fluency in the French language and possess university-level academic qualifications.
President Macron has also announced new measures to tackle what he called “Islamist separatism” in France. The measures include a wide-ranging bill that seeks to prevent radicalisation. It was unveiled on Wednesday, and includes measures such as:
Restrictions on home-schooling and harsher punishments for those who intimidate public officials on religious grounds
Giving children an identification number under the law that would be used to ensure they are attending school. Parents who break the law could face up to six months in jail as well as large fines
A ban on sharing the personal information of a person in a way that allows them to be located by people who want to harm them
Earlier this year, President Macron described Islam as a religion “in crisis” and defended the right of magazines to publish cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad. Such depictions are widely regarded as taboo in Islam and are considered highly offensive by many Muslims.
Following these comments, the French leader became a figure of hate in several Muslim-majority countries. Protesters have also called for a boycott of French products.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has confirmed that playmaker Christian Pulisic may finally be available for selection again when they take on Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League this weekend.
The American international has been out of action since having suffered a hamstring strain in the warn-up before Chelsea’s win over Burnley back at the end of October.
Pulisic was left out Chelsea Tuesday’s Uefa Champions League win over Rennes, but the playmaker has been making some encouraging progress on his fitness levels behind the scenes at Cobham.
Now, Blues boss Lampard has suggested that Pulisic could be ready to make a return to action for Chelsea when they host Tottenham at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, almost a month after the playmaker suffered his injury setback.
Lampard said: ‘Christian stays back and doesn’t travel but the good news is that he has had good aggression in the last few days or week and the reason he stays back is to get some physical work in.
‘Hopefully he will be in contention at the weekend.’
So far this season, the 22-year-old made three Premier League appearances, having scored one goal for Chelsea in all competitions.
Chelsea head into their clash with table-toppers Spurs knowing that a win would move them a point above Jose Mourinho’s men in the Premier League table.
Popular American rapper, Nicki Minaj, has finally spoken regarding the fact that she does not have a Grammy award despite her level of influence and recognition as a hip hop artist.
Taking to Twitter on Tuesday following the 63rd Grammy nominations on November 24, the new mother of one accuses the Recording Academy of racism.
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In her words:
“Never forget the Grammys didn’t give me my best new artist award when I had 7 songs simultaneously charting on billboard & bigger first week than any female rapper in the last decade – went on to inspire a generation. They gave it to the white man Bon Iver. #PinkFriday”
See her tweet below:
The rapper’s tweet
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