François Bayrou in favor of a tax that would finance mosques

The president of the MoDem suggests “thinking” about including this measure in the bill to fight against separatism and for secularism.

By Le Figaro with AFP

François Bayrou, President of the MoDem and High Commissioner for Planning.
François Bayrou, President of the MoDem and High Commissioner for Planning. MARTIN BUREAU / AFP

François Bayrou, president of the MoDem, an ally of the presidential majority, spoke on Thursday in favor of a tax on halal products which could make it possible to finance the Muslim religion.

He was questioned on BFMTV and RMC on this idea which has been mentioned many times since the 90s for halal or kosher products, but never came into effect. Stressing his caution in the face of “an extremely controversial subject“, He considered that”we can think»To include such a measure in the bill to fight against separatism and secularism promoted by the government.

«This way for financer (mosques, editor’s note) is a path worth exploring», car «when we have no resources“Clean, this allows”foreign states to interfere in the animation of communities“With”this weapon of making donations, of giving resources to communities that do not have them“. That is why “we had proposed a long time ago a contribution on certification, not only halal but also kosher», He recalled.

The subject is sensitive: the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin created the beginning of a controversy by saying to himself “Still shocked to walk into a hypermarket” and to see “such community kitchens“, Then specifying that what bothered him was not the sale of hallal products but the fact that they were placed in”specific rays».

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