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French Interior Minister Manuel Valls (L) and Jean-Paul Bonnetain, newly-appointed Marseille Government Prefect in charge of security. – Reuters

STRASBOURG: France will expel anyone who threatens security at home or abroad in the name of Islam or does not respect the country's secular traditions, Interior Minister Manuel Valls said Thursday.

France will be “intransigent... and I will not hesitate to expel those who claim to follow Islam and represent a serious threat to public order and as foreigners in our country do not respect our laws and values,” he said at a ceremony to inaugurate a grand mosque in the eastern city of Strasbourg.

“The preachers of hatred, those espousing obscurantism and fundamentalists ... do not have a place in France,” he said.

“Racism, fundamentalism is not part of Islam.”

"Those who are on our soil to defy our laws and want to attack the foundations of our society cannot remain here," he said.

The mosque, which can hold 1,500 worshippers, is the biggest in France, which with four million Muslims has the largest Islamic population in western Europe.

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Muhammad Tahir Jamali
Sep 27, 2012 10:21am
What to do with the person, who is responsible to instigate muslim feeling. Is there any law to stop this or lawliness prevails in France.
Sep 27, 2012 10:00am
What is he talking about? Other than racism, the remarks mean nothing. Why and how would anyone "claim to follow Islam and represent a serious threat to public order". I believe OIC and the Muslim countries should ask for an explanation.
Fa Khan
Sep 27, 2012 10:13am
Security is been threatened in Province of Quebec - Canada by immigrant French people for years. If Canadian government decides to expel them will France able to accommodate them with a dying economy?
Sep 27, 2012 10:07am
Yes, Arjun, pure racist statements.
Sep 27, 2012 08:21pm
well .truth is where ever muslims are in number its a problem to civils society and freedom of individual.
Sep 28, 2012 12:30pm
they r secular but knows how to keep peace in their country France on right way
Sep 27, 2012 11:17am
I live in Quebec, I have no clue how the french Immigrants are threatening security, considering the immigration from France is almost zero at this point, please also note that the francophones immigrated to Quebec hundreds of years ago and are hardly considered immigrants at this stage. Please enlighten me with the logic of your comment.......
Sep 27, 2012 11:08am
He's not insulting Islam or Muslims, In other words he's stating that anyone planning on forming an organization that causes threat to their country will not be tolerated and he is referring to Muslims because most of the banned terrorist groups in the world are led by us Muslims so boycotting so how will boycotting France make anything Better?
Concerned Muslim
Sep 27, 2012 12:22pm
Manuel Valls does have some balls .... he makes such comments on the opening ceremony of the masjid.
G. Din
Sep 27, 2012 12:19pm
Don't bother about what France will or will not, can or cannot do. Hear the message loud and clear. Europe has started to make the continent Muslim-free. So, Muslims now in Europe should heed these warning signs and select an Islamic country of their choice to migrate to!
Sep 27, 2012 02:04pm
That will be a blessing in disguise for France as this is what they want
Yousuf Panawala
Sep 28, 2012 07:53am
They allowed to build biggest mosque in France. What else do you want?
Dr. Nathanson
Sep 27, 2012 05:26pm
They did the right thing. If you cannot assimilate in a culture or a country - then don't go to such places. If you threaten a nation with fanatical statements and do not obey laws - you should be expelled. Stay where you are - no one is forcing you to go to the West. This should be done all over the world. If there were orders to shoot-on-sight for the riots that hit all over Pakistan. No one would have dared to burn and loot in the name of the Prophet (PBUH).
kaushik khase
Sep 27, 2012 05:42pm
I dont see it as racist remarks. He has shown courage to get above the so called 'political correctness' and speak out the mind of himself and millions of his countrymen. For those who are crying in the name of civilised society, civil rights etc. please tell me would it ever happen that the king of saudi arabia goes to open the biggest church in Saudi arabia??? Never.
Sep 27, 2012 05:54pm
The problem is when the influx of immigration increases to an extent where the natives seem like a minority,society feels threatened and natural reaction is to revolt.We do that in our states back home as well,don't we? I think,being in Canada,you have to appreciate that there is no such open threat,in fact Canadian society sometimes bends over backwards to accommodate religious freedoms.Prime examples,muslims are given time off at work to attend Friday prayers,Sikhs are currently asking for right to drive a bike with a turban and carry kirpan.I bet, a country like France won't even entertain such ideas.So,I'm not really sure what are you referring to and compare that to how we treat minorities in our countries!!
Sep 27, 2012 06:06pm
I beg to differ.Canada probably is the most liberal country when it comes to freedom of rights.We accept refugees who come on boats and treat them nicely,muslims are able to take time off work to attend friday prayers,sikhs are being heard about their demand for carrying kirpan and being able to ride bikes with a turban.You really think a country like France will even entertain such ideas?Please,be mighty respectful of a country that gives you so much freedom.Ever thought as to how minorities are treated in non islamic countries!!
Sep 27, 2012 12:52pm
Million dollar question-Why was he invited to inaugurate a mosque and how was he able to deliver that kind of speech?France has lately been tough on islamic values and it is probably because of the fact that french feel threatened by the growing muslim numbers which is very natural but add to that lot of conservative values that are carried on which intensifies the threat.Hence,so many radical changes in french policies are seen as they want to stop the flow of immigration from muslim countries to preserve the balance.
Sep 27, 2012 12:46pm
They call themselves civilised but they are really not, the remarks the minister has given showed how civilised they are in this modern world. Purely Racist.
Sep 27, 2012 05:03pm
Absolutely immature statement from Minister of a developed country. He just exposed his government's underlying racist policy.
Sep 27, 2012 10:00am
Muslims should respond by boycotting france as a tourist destination. Don't visit and don't buy their products.
Sep 27, 2012 02:25pm
Oh oh.. if France has come out this strongly against muslims, you can bet you know what's coming. Run, koranderthals, run!
Sep 27, 2012 02:25pm
If Muslims do this France will become the most popular place on the planet. I encourage you to assist france by a muslim boycott.
Sep 27, 2012 02:26pm
Yes France, shame on you for taking so long.
Sep 27, 2012 02:26pm
Islam is not a race.
Muhammad Ahmed Mufti
Sep 27, 2012 02:28pm
Weakness has always been an invitation to all sort of abuse and injustice. Until Muslims unite and focus on getting stronger in all fields, this treatment will continue.
Tahira, USA
Sep 27, 2012 02:31pm
Perhaps the President of Pakistan should sell his castle in France and bring the money to his country.
Tahira, USA
Sep 27, 2012 02:35pm
It is perfectly Islamic view that we are to respect and obey our leaders and observe the laws of the country we live in. This is the peaceful teachings of Islam. In these countries, protests can be sent to officials in writing and an answer is received. So please, stop being so emotional about this speech. It is in accordance with Islamic teachings.
Sep 27, 2012 02:37pm
completely agree with France. He is not saying Islam, but those in the name of Islam.. But the comments reflect how emotional muslims are calling shame on french minister who is making a right point...people are so ignorant that they don't realize heis addressing muslims while he inaugurates the largest mosque in France... shame on you people, Pakistanis/Indians are the biggest racist if one digs deeper.
Sep 27, 2012 02:46pm
Pakistan should do the same.....expel all those who profess violence in the name of Islam. All those Uzbeks and Arabs now living in the areas near Afghnistan and leading Taliban and AlQaeda groups. And all those who kill minorities should also be expelled to some uninhibited island in the middle of nowhere.....perhaps, a new Australia.
Sep 27, 2012 01:37pm
Boycott, disinvest and ban all French products. Hit them where it hurts, until they have a more balanced policy. We should respect their laws and they should respect our feelings. All Muslim countries should band together to show solidarity. It is this lack of solidarity and pursuit of individual interests that is exploited. It is time for us Muslims to grow up and be noticed, not through violence or incendiary rhetoric but through calculated policies .
Sep 27, 2012 01:19pm
One should read the news carefully before jumping to make a reply; people who preach racism and hatred are not Muslims, True?
Sep 28, 2012 08:30pm
now i want a job in france wanna settle their
Sep 28, 2012 09:25am
you are right. if anyone has objection on any matter, he can approach judiciary or other action department to register their complaint. whenevr you live, obey their rule or leave the place if you find it difficult to tolerate.
Sep 27, 2012 12:31pm
You are quite right, as I am living here in canada from decades, seen the same thing what you have said, but Never ever any politician has said any thing like that, even now PQ is building ground for that. This is clear war of religion in the name of freedom of speech and name so called "our values"
Sep 28, 2012 04:54am
super agree.....any religion should not be allowed to be threat to national or general securtiy. be it islam or chirstainity or any other religion
Sep 28, 2012 03:15am
Thanks khan-- atleast----------u have said -what is true.
Asif Bhatti
Sep 27, 2012 10:28am
Sep 28, 2012 01:20am
I agree din if one can not live in an open democratic society should pack up and leave
Sep 28, 2012 01:22am
Islam is not a race. No one is forced to go and live in france
Sep 28, 2012 01:19am
France is waking up to the fanatisms they face every day. Respect the culture of the french if one wants to live in france
Sep 28, 2012 01:17am
Why syed, is it so outrageous to say Islam should not be hijacked by a few to create disturbances in the society. I lived with my wife in saudi Arabia and followed with respect all their restrictions. Why can not France ask of the same? The minister says he will expel and not kill.
Arjun pandit
Sep 27, 2012 09:53am
Sheer Racist remarks by home minister of France.