An agreement on a “charter of principles” for Islam in France

The leaders of the French Council of Muslim Worship (CFCM) announced on Saturday that they had reached an agreement on a “Charter of principles” of Islam in France, which notably reaffirms gender equality and the “Compatibility” of the Muslim faith with the Republic.

This charter, at the origin of a crisis within the CFCM, was presented on Saturday to the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin who welcomed a “Very significant advance” and a commitment against “Political Islam”.

The text must now be validated by all the federations of the CFCM before being sent to Emmanuel Macron and launching the restructuring of Islam in France, pushed by the executive, which must lead to the creation of a council. National Imams (CNI).

This charter was requested from the leaders of the CFCM in mid-November by the President of the Republic in the wake of his offensive against the “Separatism” and radical Islam. The pressure on the Muslim authorities had increased with the attack against Samuel Paty in mid-October and in the basilica of Nice two weeks later.

Controversy and crisis

But this initiative had caused a serious crisis within the representative body of Muslims. At the end of December, the rector of the great Mosque of Paris, Chems-Eddine Hafiz, had slammed the door of the discussions on the charter and the future CNI by pointing out the influence of a “Islamist component” within the CFCM.

According to the CFCM press release published on January 16, the text seals an agreement “On the compatibility of the Muslim faith with the principles of the Republic, on the rejection of the instrumentalisation of Islam for political ends, on the non-interference of States in the exercise of Muslim worship in France, on the principle of equality between men and women and on the rejection of certain allegedly Muslim customary practices ”.


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