Macron visits Paris mosque to mark its 100th anniversary

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Macron visits Paris mosque to mark its 100th anniversary

PARIS – French President Emmanuel Macron visited Paris’ central mosque on Wednesday to mark 100 years since it was built — a presidential stop to project that the French leader is representing all factions of French society, united under one secular republic.

The visit comes just months after his reelection in April in which debates about the Muslim veil and the role of Islam in secular France — home to Western Europe’s biggest Muslim population — became a political hot potato. The centrist won his second term against the far-right, anti-Islam candidate Marine Le Pen.

The Great Mosque of Paris was built in honor of the 70,000 Muslims who died for France during World War I.

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