France will ban foreign imams from January 1

As of January 1, France will prohibit entry into the country for Imams formed or dependent on foreignersa measure with which the French president, Emmanuel Macronfulfills one of its most controversial promises, announced in 2020.

Foreign imams who are already in France must change their situation and to do so they have until April 1, 2024. For them, a “specific framework” will be established that will allow associations that manage places of worship to have imams and employ them. directly with the aim that these imams are “at least partially trained in France”, according to the official notification of the Ministry of the Interior.

“It really is a very good measure,” said senator from the centrist party Union of Democrats and Independents (UDI) Nathalie Goulet, who said she was “pretty sure” that Macron “would not comply.” “It is a step towards Islam in France”he argued, quoted by Radio France.

“How can you expect magnets paid for by Türkiye“, who do not recognize the Armenian genocide, are part of society in Lyon or Marseille, where there are important Armenian communities?” Goulet added.

Now, “we need a religious curriculum in France, but that depends on the Muslims themselves,” he added. “We must offer in France” aspiring imams “training that does not require them to travel abroad to train,” as is currently the case.

The Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, was in charge of announcing the measure in a letter to the affected countries in a “very brave” gesture due to its diplomatic implications, according to Goulet. “I think in particular of Turkey, where there is a real difficulty because the Turkish imams in France are direct employees of the Turkish State”, he recalled.

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