In France, the government, which previously vowed to reduce foreign influences on the practice of Islam in the country, approved visas for 300 imams from Algeria and Morocco to lead Ramadan services in French mosques. The move sparked a backlash from across the political spectrum. «To ask Algeria and Morocco to send us imams during the month of Ramadan is unacceptable,» said the former Socialist Prime Minister Manuel Valls, who has pledged to «cut all bridges» between Muslims in France and «third countries.»

Soeren Kern Europe: Ramadan Roundup, 2018