French Council of the Muslim Faith Leader Speaks about Islam in France

News Agencies – March 9, 2011

These articles feature Mohammed Moussaoui, leader of the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM), and his position on the proposed debate on Islam and French Muslims. Moussaoui claims that given the current political context both nationally and internally, a healthy debate is not possible. While it may seem like the debate is about secularism, it will stigmatize Muslims, he adds. French Muslims are typically profoundly attached to secularism because it guarantees freedom of conscience and equality among all citizens. The CFCM president also points back to the 2003 Stasi and 2006 Machelon commissions wherein few recommendations have been put into action.