News Agencies –May 8, 2011
While recognizing tensions in the process, France’s Minister of the Interior Claude Guéant has indicated he will do all he can to ensure that elections take place for the CFCM (the French Council of the Muslim Faith). The Union of Islamic Organizations of France (UOIF) has announced its intentions not to participate in the elections and the Mosque of Paris’ rector Dalil Boubakeur has similarly voiced concern with the electoral process (wherein voting is determined based on the square footage of individual mosques). Guéant iterated that even if the election process is not perfect, the CFCM remains important in France to act on issues pertaining to Islam, “particularly the question of imam training”. These imams should also be in dialogue with the French justice system and in broader French culture, added the Minister. Elections are scheduled to take place on June 5th and 19th, 2011.