“Extremely important step”, “clarification of the organization of Muslim worship”: Emmanuel Macron qualifies the charter of principles of Islam in France as “a founding text in the relationship between the State and Islam in France”.
The “charter of principles” of Islam in France, signed by the French Council for Muslim Worship (CFCM) on January 18, is “a clear, clear and precise commitment in favor of the Republic”, welcomed the same. Emmanuel Macron day, quoted by the Elysee.
This text marks “an extremely important step” by allowing “a clarification of the organization of the Muslim worship”, added the president during a meeting with the officials of the CFCM at the Elysee Palace, specified the presidency.
“Everything begins”, he assured in front of them at the end of the interview, which brought together the representatives of the five federations out of eight that adopted the charter on January 17, before the start, the next day, of the examination of the draft law against separatism.
This charter “is really a founding text in the relationship between the State and Islam in France,” insisted the Elysée, welcoming “the strong mobilization” of the CFCM, especially during the weekend, during which its officials met the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin.
During the meeting, CFCM President Mohammed Moussaoui told Emmanuel Macron that the charter had been approved by “all the federations” of the Council, but that three of them “needed a little more time to explain to their members what it was, ”according to the Elysee.
“The text will make its living, be transmitted to our local authorities, to those in charge of mosques, imams, and their feedback will allow us to improve it”, said Mohammed Moussaoui in the courtyard of the Elysee, greeting ” the rediscovered unity ”of the federations making up the CFCM.
This charter “clearly says that the principles of the Muslim faith are completely compatible with the principles of the Republic,” he explained.
The representatives of the CFCM reaffirmed to the Head of State their “desire to set up the Council of Imams as soon as possible to be able to start the real work: that of approving imams, clarifying their status, their working framework. and their mission, and protect the imamate from the self-proclaimed and untrained people, ”according to Mohammed Moussaoui.
The Elysee said it was waiting for the charter to be signed by all the federations and for the council of imams to be implemented by the end of January.
Composed of ten articles, the charter affirms “without ambiguity”, according to the presidency, “the superiority of the principles of the Republic over religious principles” as well as “two essential political points”: “the refusal of any foreign interference” and “the rejection of political Islam, ”as Emmanuel Macron had requested in his speech at Mureaux (Yvelines) in October 2020.
The Head of State “hopes that this charter can go beyond the framework of the CFCM” and be adopted “by other actors”, specifies the Elysee, warning that “those who refuse it” will not be entitled to “any preferential treatment”.
For Marine Le Pen, the text must be “an order of the French Republic”
The text was commented on by several political figures, including Marine Le Pen, who affirmed that “everything that goes in the direction of the investment of a certain number of religious leaders in respect for the laws of the Republic [lui] seems positive ”. She says she waits until “everyone has signed it” and calls for organizations that do not sign to be “dissolved and banned”, the text having to constitute according to her “an order of the French Republic”.
Bruno Retailleau, Senator Les Républicains (LR) of Vendée, criticizes “the announcement with fanfare by the government of the signing of the charter of Islam in France” which, according to him, “hides a much more worrying reality: four of the nine CFCM federations refused to sign it. Islamists will remain Islamists. To submit them by a charter is naivety ”.
The announcement with fanfare by the government of the signing of the charter of Islam in France conceals a much more worrying reality: 4 of the 9 CFCM federations refused to sign it. Islamists will remain Islamists. To submit them by a charter is naivety.
– Bruno Retailleau (@BrunoRetailleau) January 18, 2021
The Minister Delegate to the Minister of the Interior in charge of citizenship Marlène Schiappa explained that the consequences of non-compliance with the charter would be “debated”. The “sanctions” and “impossibilities”, “it is not for the State to decide”. She specifies that it will be up to the representatives of Islam “to say who can ratify this charter and exercise as a recognized imam and who does not”.