France plans broader dialog with its large Muslim minority

By REUTERS
February 25, 2015 17:30

PARIS - France outlined plans for a broader dialog with its Muslim minority on Wednesday after the faith's official council proved unable to deal with the challenges presented by Islamist radicalization.

Attacks by French Islamists on the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo and a kosher grocery in Paris last month, in which 17 people were killed, have been followed by a sharp rise in attacks on French mosques, putting Europe's largest Muslim minority in the spotlight.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the government would consult twice a year with a wide range of Muslim leaders, including not only the official French Muslim Council (CFCM) but also imams and intellectuals not represented in it, on problems facing the community.


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