Rabat - France's main opposition conservative party, the UMP, is seeking to suspend a mayor in its ranks for sending tweets to the account of party leader, Nicolas Sarkozy, calling for Islam to be outlawed in France.
Rabat – France’s main opposition conservative party, the UMP, is seeking to suspend a mayor in its ranks for sending tweets to the account of party leader, Nicolas Sarkozy, calling for Islam to be outlawed in France.
Robert Chardon, mayor of the southern town of Venelles, a town near Aix-en-Provence, and vice president of the organization of Municipalities around Aix-en-Provence, has been sending anti-Islam tweets since Thursday. “We must ban the Muslim faith in France,” he said in one of those tweets.
#TeamToussaint il faut interdire le culte musulman en France Robert Chardon Maire UMP de Venelles
— robert chardon (@RobertChardon) May 15, 2015
He sent the tweets to the accounts of former French president and current leader of the center-Right UMP opposition party, Nicolas Sarkozy, and said that he expected a reply.
“We also need a Marshall Plan to send Muslims to countries where the religion is practiced, he said in his tweets.
Chardon told French daily newspaper Le Monde that “it’s the only solution for most of France’s problems.” He added that the idea came upon him while on sick leave from his political activities. He is reportedly being treated from mouth cancer.
Several UMP members, including Nicolas Sarkozy described the comments as “unacceptable.” The conservative party said it plans to exclude the mayor.
Abdallah Zekri, president of the National Observatory against Islamophobia, denounced Chardon’s comments describing them as “unacceptable” and as a breach of France’ secularism “that grants citizens the freedom of belief.”
“It is not up to a racist mayor, who knows nothing about religions to decide such a thing,” Zekri added.
UMP leader Nicolas Sarkozy also condemned the mayor’s statements, saying that “secularism is the recognition of the right of everyone to practice their religion.”