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Reject hijacked Islam: French PM

French Prime Minister Francois Fillon urged France’s Muslims to reject full face veils as a sectarian caricature of Islam

Written by Reuters | Paris | Published: June 28, 2010 2:37:16 am

French Prime Minister Francois Fillon urged France’s Muslims on Monday to reject full face veils as a sectarian caricature of Islam,a week before Parliament debates a law banning burqas in public.

Inaugurating a mosque in a northwestern Paris suburb,he said French Muslims should combat a tiny radical minority using face veils as a way to combat the integration of a tolerant Islam that respects the separation of church and state.

“The Islam of France,the Islam you practice daily,has nothing to do with this caricature that dims the lights of your faith,” said Fillon to inaugurate a mosque in decades,said to applause from the crowd.

“You should stand in the front line against this hijacking of the religious message… it’s up to you to make intelligence triumph over obscurantism and tolerance over intolerance.”

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