At the request of Emmanuel Macron, the CFCM will create a council of imams

In the Paris mosque, October 29, 2020. – Thibault camus

Under the impetus ofEmmanuel Macron, the Islam of France is organized a little more. Thus, to be able to exercise, the imams will be more controlled. The head of state received the leaders of the French Council of Muslim Worship (CFCM) who, at his request, presented the outline of a national council of imams. This will be responsible for labeling imams in France, said the Elysee.

Work with the Ministry of the Interior

Emmanuel Macron also asked them to write, in conjunction with the Ministry of the Interior, a “charter of republican values” on which the CFCM and the nine federations that make it up will have to commit. He gave them an appointment in a fortnight to come and present this charter to him, confirming the information from the Figaro and you Parisian. This charter, the president asked, will have to affirm the recognition of the values ​​of the Republic, specify that Islam in France is a religion and not a political movement, and stipulate the end of interference or affiliation with states. foreigners.

On Wednesday, alongside the Minister of the Interior Gerald Darmanin, the Head of State received the president of the CFCM Mohammed Moussaoui and Chems-Eddine Hafiz, rector of the Paris mosque, but also the representatives of the nine federations that make up the CFCM – except one, absent for personal reasons. The president told them he knew that several of these federations have ambiguous positions. Among these nine federations, representative of a large part of the Muslim cult, three do not have “a republican vision”, like the Milli Görüs, of Turkish obedience, and the Muslims of France, ex-UOIF, according to the Elysee . “If some do not sign this charter, we will draw the consequences,” warned the president.

The role of the board

The council of imams will not only be able to label imams and give them an official card, but also to withdraw their approval in the event of a breach of the charter and of a code of ethics that he will have to develop. The president gave the CFCM six months to implement a training framework for imams. Depending on their role – imams leading the prayer, imams who are preachers and imams as lecturers – they will be asked for different levels of knowledge of French and diplomas, up to university training.

The federations represented “recalled their attachment to France and felt that it was the historic moment” to achieve this goal, according to the Elysee. “My confidence obliges you”, Emmanuel Macron told them, who again pleaded for “Enlightenment Islam”. The Head of State has stepped up his pressure on the governing bodies of Islam in France to fight against foreign influence. Its objective is to put an end, within four years, to the presence in France of the 300 foreign imams “seconded” by Turkey, Morocco and Algeria.

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