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Muslim leader urges Macron not to meddle too much in French Islam

13 February, 2018 20:58
Muslim leader urges Macron not to meddle too much in French Islam

A leading representative of French Muslims urged Emmanuel Macron not to meddle in the organization of France’s second-largest religion; days after the president told the Journal du Dimanche that he would try to redefine relations between Islam and the state.

The rebuke came from the leader of an organization set up 15 years ago in a bid to defuse concern about radical preachers and foster a more homegrown form of Islam that would fit better with France’s traditional separation of church and state affairs.

“Everyone must stick to their role,” Ahmet Ogras, president of the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM), told Reuters in an interview. “The Muslim faith is a religion and, as such, takes care of its own household affairs. The last thing you want is the state to act as guardian,” said Ogras, a Frenchman of Turkish descent who has led the CFCM since mid-2017.

Traditionally Catholic France is home to the largest Jewish and Muslim communities in Europe, with the latter estimated at five million out of a population of 67 million. The official rule is strict separation between religion and state, with the former considered a strictly private matter. The rule that has been used to justify bans on the wearing of Muslim veils by public service employees as well as any wearing of fully concealing head-to-toe veils in public places…

Source: Reuters

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Muslim leader urges Macron not to meddle too much in French Islam
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