Macron tells Muslim leaders to 'admit Islam is apolitical'
President Macron held discussions on Wednesday evening with several Islamic representatives, France24 reported in Arabic, requesting they draw up a charter which France's Council of the Islamic Faith must abide by.
Macron said the charter should include an affirmation of French values, a specification that Islam in France is a religion and not a political movement, and stipulate an end to any interference or affiliation with foreign countries.
The meeting included discussions on the formation of a national council of imams which would be responsible for the approval of Muslim clerics in the country.
The CFCM is a nationally elected body which serves as an official interlocutor with the French state in the regulation of Muslim religious activities.
Macron has defended France's strict brand of secularism and the re-publishing of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, sparking a backlash from Muslims around the world.
He has also been accused of persecuting Muslims in France, with authorities currently cracking down on Muslim NGOs under a new 'separatism' law that has been criticised as curtailing civil liberties.
Even before the beheading last month, Macron had promised a tough new campaign against "Islamism" which had aroused controversy and condemnation from Muslims around the world.
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Protests against Macron's perceived Islamophobia erupted have across the Muslim world, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Mali, Mauritania, Lebanon and Yemen.
World leaders have also weighed in on the matter, with Macron and Turkish President Recept Tayyip Erdogan trading barbs and insults.