France's leading Muslim body said Tuesday it would create a permit to preach for imams in a bid to root out extremists, as well as a new religious body to fight back against jihadist propaganda.

Anouar Kbibech, president of the French Council for the Muslim Religion (CFCM), said the country's imams should be given a certificate -- "like a driving licence" -- that ensured they promoted a "tolerant and open Islam".

The move comes 11 days after the attacks that killed 130 people in Paris, amid increasing fears about homegrown Islamist extremists radicalised by rogue preachers.

Read the complete original version of this item...