France has expelled a Tunisian imam accused of spreading anti-Semitic views and denigrating women at his Paris mosque.
The French interior ministry said Muhammad Hammami, 77, was guilty of “deliberate, repeated and unacceptable provocations”.
He was arrested at his home and flown straight to Tunis, although he has lived in France for much of his life.
The move comes as Israeli President Binyamin Netanyahu is visiting France.
He is due to visit the Jewish school in Toulouse where a teacher and three children were murdered earlier this year by Muslim extremist Mohamed Merah.
French officials say that Mr Hammami frequently made anti-Semitic speeches and called for “violent jihad” from his pulpit at the Omar Mosque.
He also reportedly called for adulterous wives to be whipped to death and defended violence against women.
Interior Minister Manuel Valls told reporters: “We decided to be uncompromising against all those who utter hate speech against the Republic and our values.”
The preacher, whose assets were frozen by the government in May, has denied all the allegations against him.
French authorities have expelled numerous Muslim imams in recent years for preaching anti-Western sentiments.
Source: The BBC
Many people believe that the modern version of radical Islam is from the Middle East or from Persia.
Radical Islam is a force that has risen inside France.
Many people seems to have forgotten, that Ayatollah Khomeini lived in exile in Paris.
Protected by the very freedoms that Khomeini abolished when he returned back to Iran in 1979.
Muhammad Hammami is just another product of France.
This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.
Today, Islam is the fasts growing force inside the second largest member of the European Union.
There were 7 million Muslims in France in 2007. There are now 1,500 mosques in France.
Written by Ivar