President for France Emmanuel Macron has made public plans for tougher laws to tackle what he described as “Islamist separatism” and defend secular values.
In a keenly awaited speech, Macron stated that a minority of France’s estimated six million Muslims were in danger of forming a “counter-society”.
His proposals include stricter oversight of schooling and control over foreign funding of mosques.
But some have leveled accusations against Mr Macron of trying to repress Islam in France.
Under France’s strict principles of secularism, or laïcité, the government is separated by law from religious institutions. The notion is that people of diverse religions and beliefs are equal before the law.