France was stunned by a devastating terrorist attack at the headquarters of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher grocery earlier this year, in which Muslim gunmen murdered 15 innocents.
In the wake of that massacre, French criticism of Islam quickly grew with rising public anger after being censored for years . One of the most outspoken critics of the faith recently spoke out against accepting Muslims into the French culture.
Venelles Mayor Robert Chardon recently penned a Twitter post in which he shared his controversial view that the Muslim religion must be banned in France.
He predicted the faith would in fact be outlawed in the nation at some point over the next dozen years.
Chardon went on to suggest that any practicing Muslims currently residing in France should be immediately escorted to the border.
Since making the comments, Mayor Chardon has been suspended from his party.
It was a recent bout with cancer and his subsequent treatment that helped cement his views on Islam, he said.
During my treatment, Chardon acknowledged in an interview, Ive been thinking and I came to this conclusion. Islam should be banned in France, but also a Marshall Plan should be established to allow those who want to practice the Muslim religion to do so in their home country.
His social media post came as a response to former French President Nicolas Sarkozys recent question-and-answer session on Twitter. He and Chardon belong to the same political party, UMP.
Nevertheless, Sarkozy denounced Chardons sentiment. UMP Vice President Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet offered an even more direct censure.
I have called for the expulsion procedure to be started for these absurd statements that in no way reflect the values and programme of the UMP, she declared.
But many Frenchmen are rallying to this courageous mayors cause, and taking to social media to express it despite laws against racial intimidation:
He is a visionary. One who can see whats ahead. Islam is a scourge…a cancer…
When enough Western people are murdered by these barbaric savages… those who deny or support Islam will lose their voices with the people and then those like this Mayor will be heard loud and clear…
I have a feeling that before too long things are going to get really bloody…
Good for him for standing up against islam!!!!
Chardon for President!
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