François Fillon is a former prime minister of France from the Republicans (formerly the UMP), the party of Nicolas Sarkozy. Mr. Fillon pushed past other leaders in the Republicans’ recent primary to win his party’s nomination for this year’s presidential election.
During his campaign Mr. Fillon has been taking a hard line against immigration and Islamization, obviously intending to take the wind out of the sails of Marine Le Pen and the Front National. However, Mr. Fillon’s spokesman recently appeared on TV singing a different tune — he wants to help Muslims build more mosques, using taxpayer funds if necessary.
A comment at Les Observateurs (translated by Ava Lon) encapsulates the outrage against the words spoken by Benoist Apparu in this brief video clip from French TV:
François Fillon’s new spokesman, Benoist Apparu, wants to facilitate the construction of mosques in France, if necessary with public money by amending the law of 1905 on secularism! Spread this widely to inform your friends.
Many thanks to Ava Lon for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
|00:04||we are asking ourselves the question about “basement Islam” [irregular mosques].|
|00:08||We’re asking about religions, which, for instance Islam,|
|00:12||which organize street prayers. Because there isn’t enough… —Nothing was decided yet|
|00:16||about that. —I am asking questions for now. —As for me, the answer I would like to tackle|
|00:20||is very simple: in my opinion we have to help [make it easier] to build|
|00:24||mosques in our country. Even, if necessary, that the State funds it.|
|00:28||…funds it with taxpayers’ money? —If necessary! Even if it’s against the 1905 law [re secularism],|
|00:33||we’ll have to make some adjustments. —Why? —Because you cannot on one hand… —You’re|
|00:37||supporting building mosques with public money? —Personally? Yes!