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Macron to Seek Sweeping Reform to Islam in France

Macron to Seek Sweeping Reform to Islam in France

French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to announce a major overhaul to Islam in France following Ramadan including major reforms of Islamic bodies, halal practices, and the training of imams.

The French President is expected to announce his proposals for reform after June 14th, following the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, and is expected to seek major changes in the way mainstream Islam operates in France, BFMTV reports.

The ambitious reforms would likely see major changes to the way mainstream Islam operates in France including changes to the training of imams, foreign funding of mosques, and the removal of the significant foreign influence on Islam within the country.

Macron will also replace the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM), a body created by former president Nicolas Sarkozy, with a new organisation that would better represent French Muslims as Macron claims the CFCM did not represent the “unique voice of Islam in France”.

Late last month, the government announced the “Borloo plan”, named after former centrist minister Jean-Louis Borloo, which will see the government spend five billion euros in troubled suburbs to combat issues from unemployment to revitalising urban development and improving transport infrastructure.

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