French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday said his government will unveil a proposed law to fight "Islamist separatism" later this year, a particularly sensitive issue in a country strongly attached to secularism. </p><div> <p>In a keenly-awaited speech in the Paris region, the French president detailed plans for a law to fight what he identifies as the favouring of religious laws over France's republican, secular values – a stance he calls "separatism".
Macron described Islam as “a religion that is in crisis all over the world today” as he focused his keynote address on the battle against Islamic radicalism in France.
The French president said Islam was in crisis due to “an extreme hardening” of positions. He announced the government would present a draft law in December aimed at strengthening secularism in France, against what he described as “Islamist separatism” in the country.
“Islam in France must be freed from foreign influence,” he said, promising improved oversight of the financing of mosques.
Macron describes bill aimed at promoting secular values in France