French President Emmanuel Macron’s government on Saturday introduced a new agency to reshape Islam as part of efforts to rid France of extremism.
The French government-appointed clergy and lay people will make up the leadership of the Forum of Islam in France.
The French government shut down 92 mosques in 2021.
Supporters say it will keep France — and its five million Muslims — safe.
Critics see it as a political ploy to lure right-wing voters to Macron’s centrist party ahead of the April 10 presidential election.