The French government opened talks with 'loyal' Muslim leaders on Monday with one of the main topics up for discussion being the shortage of mosques in France. One Muslim leader says the answer lies with France's empty churches.

The question of the role of Islam in France is up for discussion on Monday as the French Prime Minister Manuel Valls and members of his government held a conference with around 150 Muslim leaders.

The Muslim representatives, including imams and theologians, reportedly chosen because of their loyalty to the Republic, will meet the PM to discuss the concerns of their community.

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