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French Muslims have the same rights: Hollande

Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 00:44

One week after the deadly attacks in Paris that left 17 people dead, French President Francois Hollande has visited the Arab World Institute, saying ''French people of Muslim faith have the same rights and have the same duties as all citizens.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) French President Francois Hollande visited the Arab World Institute in Paris on Thursday (January 15), one week after an attack by Islamist gunmen on the offices of the Charlie Hebdo newspaper and a kosher supermarket. Seventeen people died in Paris in three days of violence and at least 3.7 million people marched through Paris and French cities on Sunday (January 11) to honour the memory of the journalists, police officers and supermarket customers who were killed in the attacks. Across the Middle East, Muslim leaders who have denounced the attack on Charlie Hebdo called for calm. Thanking Arabs for their solidarity in the wake of the recent violence, Hollande said Islam was compatible with democracy and that Muslims in France had the same rights and duties as all French citizens. "We should also remember, and I did it each time I made a trip to the Arab world, that Islam is compatible with democracy, that we should reject all prejudices and confusions and that first of all in France. French people of Muslim faith have the same rights and have the same duties as all citizens," Hollande said. France will announce next week a set of anti-terrorism measures, officials said. New resources will be released for surveillance and France could look at widening the policy of isolating radical prisoners. Hollande, the most unpopular French president in survey history over his failure to kick-start the economy, has come out of the crisis well, with 85 per cent of French approving of his handling of it, a poll showed on Wednesday (January 14).

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French Muslims have the same rights: Hollande

Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 00:44