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French Muslims protest against religious extremism
Elder of Ziyon
A hundred Muslims gathered Sunday afternoon on the steps of the Opera Bastille in Paris to "say no to religious radicalism" and proclaimed their attachment to France and the values of the Republic, says an AFP reporter.
With French flags on their jackets and under a banner saying "Together against fanaticism", demonstrators observed a moment of silence in memory of "Children of Toulouse and Montauban," victims of Mohamed Merah, responsible for seven murders in both cities in March, and who claimed, according to the Interior Minister, Claude Gueant,to have links with Al Qaeda.
They then sang the Marseillaise "to show that Muslims know how to integrate", before declaring "Long live France, long live the Republic".
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