Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy said in a recent interview given to French media outlet Europe1 that “we don’t want women with Hijab in France,” stressing that “it is part of instoring equality between men and women.”
“Islam has to do a lot of efforts and to go through some pain to adapt to the values of the French republic,” Sarkozy further noted.
“In the republic, Christians, in the old days, had to give up things for the sake of secularism.”
“We don’t want any praying in the streets as well,” Sarkozy said.
“Islam has to do a lot of efforts. Our republic has made a lot of efforts to become a secular country, and secularism in France came as a result of a lot of pain,” the former French president said.
During the interview given to Europe1, Sarkozy discussed also the current French government policies, the recent terrorist attacks on Charlie Hebdo, and various other topics.
Check out his statement on Islam in the French language starting from minute 6:00.