The Union of Mosques in France (UMF) welcomed Sunday's Franco-Moroccan statement on the training of imams, which "must be at the heart of any prevention programme in the fight against extremists", it said.

France and Morocco on Saturday signed a joint statement on cooperation in the training of imams at the Mohammed VI Institute, opened in Rabat in March, during French President Francois Hollande's two-day visit this weekend.

The training will promote "an Islam with the right balance" that conforms to "values of openness and tolerance".

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