PUBLISHED: 20:16, Thu, Nov 5, 2020 | UPDATED: 20:30, Thu, Nov 5, 2020
The President spoke out against “Islamic separatism” as France reels from a spate of devastating terror attacks in recent weeks. In a letter to the Financial Times, Mr Macron said hateful comments “in the name of a distorted Islam” had led to the beheading of teacher Samuel Paty near his school.
The Chechen 18-year-old who carried out the despicable act was shot dead by police who later arrested and charged seven people over the teacher’s death.
He said children are falling victim to radical Islamic teachings online and are being misled to disregard the laws of the land.
Mr Macron wrote: “Since 2015 it has become clear, and I said this even before I became president, that there are breeding grounds for terrorists in France.
“In certain districts and on the internet, groups linked to radical Islam are teaching hatred of the republic to our children, calling on them to disregard its laws.”
Emmanuel Macron has warned of 'terrorist breeding grounds' in France (Image: GETTY)
Macron oversees the carrying of the body of Samuel Paty (Image: GETTY)
He added: “If you do not believe me, read the social media postings of hatred shared in the name of a distorted Islam that resulted in Paty’s death.
“Visit the districts where small girls aged three or four are wearing a full veil, separated from boys, and, from a very young age, separated from the rest of society, raised in hatred of France’s values.”
He rejected the notion that France was fighting against any particular religious group, insisting the battle was against “designs of hatred and death that threaten” the younger generation
but “never against Islam”.
France, home to Europe's largest Muslim community, has been hit by a string of militant attacks in recent years.
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