Schools bode new path for Islam in France

News Agencies – September 24, 2009

As Islam in France becomes more established with a growing number of cemeteries and mosques, new attention is being given to private Islamic religious schools.

Three new Islamic schools have recently been announced – one in Montigny-le-Bretonneux, another in Marseille and a third in Toulouse. Most of these schools have been launched with support from the UOIF (the Union of French Islamic Organizations or the Union des organisations islamiques de France).

There are currently 650 students attending Islamic schools in France. The Averroès school in Lille is the only Muslim school in the country to have a formal contract with the state, and whose teachers are paid by the state.