Sarkozy Wants to Ban Muslim Prayer in the Streets
December 19, 2010
In his New Year's speech French President Nicolas Sarkozy will be calling it "unacceptable" that 'the streets have become an extension of the mosque' warning that it risks ‘undermining the French secular tradition separating state from religion'.
Some Paris streets have had to be closed to traffic due to an overflow of worshippers from local mosques who pray outside on the streets. Police have been reluctant to crack down due to fear of causing riots.
Marine Le Pen, the new leader of the National Front has provoked a furor by comparing the Muslim prayer in the streets to the occupation of France during the war.