France – Emmanuel Macron obtains the creation of a council of imams

The leaders of the French Council of Muslim Worship, received Wednesday by the French President, will draft a “charter of republican values”.

Emmanuel Macron has stepped up his pressure on the ruling bodies of Islam in France to fight against foreign influence, radicalization and political Islam.


French President Emmanuel Macron received on Wednesday the leaders of the Muslim faith who, at his request, presented the outline of a national council of imams responsible for labeling imams in France, the presidency said.

The Head of State also asked them to draft within a fortnight a “charter of republican values” on which the French Council of Muslim Worship (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. The charter, the president asked, must 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.

Since his speech against separatism and radical Islam in early October and especially since the assassination of the teacher Samuel Paty and the attack which left three dead at the end of October in Nice (south-east), the head of state increased its pressure on the governing bodies of Islam in France to fight against foreign influence, radicalization and political Islam. 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.

“Get out of these ambiguities”

Wednesday evening, he received not only 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. The president told them that he knew that several of these federations have ambiguous positions on these subjects and that it is necessary “to get out of these ambiguities”.

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, notes the Élysée . “If some do not sign this charter, we will draw the consequences”, warned the president, who “took note of their proposals”.

The council of imams will not only be able to label imams and give them an official card, but also withdraw their approval in the event of a breach of the charter and of a code of ethics that it must develop. 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.

Membership of the CFCM in this new organization of Muslim worship in France would mark a victory for Emmanuel Macron, the target of sometimes violent criticism of Muslims in several countries for his comments on an Islam “in crisis” and his speech against radical Islam.


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