Robert Chardon is mayor of Venelles, a town near Aix-en-Provence with a population of 8,000.
He represents the Union for a Popular Movement party, one of the largest conservative parties in France, and that of former president Nicolas Sarkozy. He is also vice president of the Organization of Municipalities around Aix-en-Provence.
Since Thursday, he has been sending out various tweets with the anti-Muslim message.
“We also need a Marshall Plan to send Muslims to countries where the religion is practiced,” he said in his tweets.