France bars Muslim clerics
Paris, Mar 29: France has barred a group of Muslim clerics, including one of the most prominent voices, from entering the country to attend a conference.
France's foreign ministry said today the clerics were invited by the French Islamic Union to speak at a congress in Le Bourget near Paris from April 6-9.
One of those barred, the Egyptian-born Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, says he refuses to come to France. The ban also includes other high-profile Muslim clerics of Palestinian, Egyptian and Saudi origin.
The foreign ministry said in a statement that "these people call for hatred and violence and seriously violate the principles of the Republic". AP
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