A French mayor has been suspended from his party after calling for the country to ban Islam.
Robert Chardon, the UMP mayor of Venelles in southern France, tweeted: “The Muslim religion must be banned in France” and added that anyone practising the religion must be “immediately escorted to the border”.
He also claimed Islam will be banned in France by 2027.
The tweet was part of a discussion former president Nicolas Sarkozy began with the public, using the hashtag #NSDirect.
Sarkozy, who is leader of the UMP party and is likely to run for president again in 2017, immediately distanced himself from the comments, writing: “I condemn this proposal even if secularism also means fixing limits. Rights and limits go together.”
UMP Vice-president Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet announced the party was suspending Mr Chardon pending a procedure to remove him from the UMP.
Click on the link below to read more.