French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin criticized members of the far-left France Insoumise party, which he accused of protecting a radical Islamic imam for deportation from France.
Minister Darmanin, who announced the deportation of the Moroccan radical imam Hassan Iquioussen last week, criticized the members of the French Insoumise (LFI), whom he accused of protecting the imam and trying to stop his deportation.
“This gentleman has nothing to do on national soil and that they can defend him in the sense of the term freedom of speech, tells me the state of intellectual disintegration of the far left LFI at this point, ” Darmanin told broadcaster CNews on Thursday.
Since announcing the deportation of the radical imam, members of the LFI in the French parliament have criticized Darmanin, including MP David Guiraud who said: “These questionable procedures must challenge all the democrats who involved in preserving our rule of law.”
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Another LFI MP, Manuel Bompard, argued that although the imam has been reported to have given anti-Semitic and homophobic speeches, he should be tried by a French court: “It cannot be the arbitrariness of the Minister of the Interior to decide make the words acceptable or not.”
Darmanin hit back at criticism from such MPs, saying that only around 20 mosques across France support Imam Iquioussen. He called on the LFI to kick David Guiraud, arguing that his statements had reflected on the rest of the party.
Since becoming Interior Minister in 2020, Darmanin has been vocal about combating the spread of radical Islam, and has been involved in the closure of a number of radical mosques, particularly after a Chechen radical refugee beheaded teacher Samuel Paty last month. September 2020.
Recently, Darmanin has turned his attention to the deportation of foreign criminals, and last month he argued for an amendment to deportation laws to allow the French authorities more foreign-born criminals who commit serious crimes deportation
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