In a bid to improve dialogue with the Muslim community, the French government has hosted a conference to show that Islam is a part of the French society and build ties with the country’s second largest religious group.
“Islam still provokes misunderstandings, prejudices, and is rejected by some citizens,” French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said during the meeting, Agence France Presse (AFP) reported on Tuesday, June 16.
“Yet Islam is here to stay in France. It’s the second largest religious group in our country.”
Valls was speaking during the half-day gathering held on Monday, June 15, at the interior ministry which was attended by about 120 Muslim community leaders and top government officials.