Mosque project replaced with nursery project

07.10.2013

Liberation

The mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, rejected on Monday a mosque project funded by Saudi money. Estrosi intends to replace the project with a new nursery project. During a press conference, the mayor expressed that the religious site would not be compatible with his ‘Eco-Vallé project, which should attract businesses to the area. According to Estrosi, Dalil Boubakeur, the director of the Grand Mosque of Paris, expressed his support over his decision.

French Council of the Muslim Faith torn by factional split

News agencies – July 13, 2012

 

France’s main Muslim organization is in crisis after the oldest Paris mosque announced that it was leaving on 11 July 2012. Founded by Nicolas Sarkozy when he was interior minister in 2003, the French Muslim Council (CFCM) is torn by factional disputes as it discusses reforming its structure. The rector of the influential Grande Mosquée de Paris (GMP), Dalil Boubakeur, announced that it was quitting the CFCM, accusing the federation’s president, Mohamed Moussaoui, of “autocratic governance” and claiming that his organization was being squeezed out of its rightful role.

 

The news came as a surprise not only to Moussaoui but also to the national executive of the Paris mosque. Boubakeur was the first president of the CFCM and is still an honorary president. At present representation on the CFCM is allotted according to the size of an organization’s mosques and Boubakeur, who is considered close to the Algerian government, accused CFCM leaders of “trying to play down the size and influence” if his mosque.

 

Factional infighting has dogged the CFCM, leading current Interior Minister Manuel Valls to complain of “divisions, egoisms and competition” in its ranks and to call on it to “dedicate itself exclusively to places of worship”. At the beginning of 2011 the GMP and the Union of Islamic Organisations in France (UOIF), which is considered close to the Muslim Brotherhood, boycotted the election to national and regional committees.

The GMP nevertheless took the seats that were allotted to it.

French Council of the Muslim Faith Condemn Charlie Hebdo Attack

News Agencies – November 2, 2011

Politicians and Muslim leaders have denounced a firebomb attack that destroyed the offices of a satirical French newspaper after it “invited” the Prophet Mohammed as its guest editor. No one was injured in the fire at Charlie Hebdo weekly in eastern Paris, hours before the current issue hit the news-stands. The front-page of the weekly, subtitled “Sharia Hebdo,” a reference to Islamic law, showed a cartoon-like man with a turban, white robe and beard smiling broadly and saying, in an accompanying bubble, “100 lashes if you don’t die laughing.”

Mohammed Moussaoui, head of the French Council for the Muslim Faith, said his organisation deplored “the very mocking tone of the paper toward Islam and its prophet but reaffirms with force its total opposition to all acts and all forms of violence.” Dalil Boubakeur, who heads the Great Mosque of Paris, condemned “an act which can in no way represent the principles of liberty, tolerance and peace that are (our) message.” But he regretted the “anxious European climate of Islamophobia” fed in part by stigmatising Muslims through caricatures.

Elections for the French Council of the Muslim Faith June 5th and 19th, 2011

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.

Mosque of Paris’ Boubakeur changes his position on debate on Islam

News Agencies – March 23, 2011

Dalil Boubakeur, the rector of the Mosque of Paris, appears to have changed his position three times as to the merit of the proposed April debate on Islam and secularism in France. On March 23rd he noted that, “The Mosque of Paris declines the invitation to participate in this political debate which fosters stigmatization of Muslims.” The CFCM (the French Council of the Muslim Faith) has also declined to participate.

Dalil Boubakeur Target of Assassination Plot

News Agencies – November 11, 2010

Five alleged Islamic terrorists arrested in Paris this week were planning to assassinate the city’s leading Muslim cleric. All of the men, who are French passport holders, are believed to have returned from fighting British and American troops alongside the Taliban in Afghanistan.
The murder plot against Dalil Boubakeur, rector of the French capital’s main mosque, was foiled at the eleventh hour thanks to a tip-off. Secret intelligence officers were able to move in on two Frenchmen of Algerian descent as they arrived at Charles de Gaulle airport from Egypt. Armed police arrested three other men from similar backgrounds in flats in the Paris suburbs the next day.
Boubaker has been under armed guard since last month after radicals issued threats following the introduction of a burka ban in France – a measure which many see as overtly anti-Muslim.
The foiled plot illustrates the growing rift between Islamic moderates and those prepared to kill and maim in the name of their religion, said Mr Boubaker.

Terrorist Suspects Arrested In and Around Paris

News Agencies – November 9, 2010

Five people believed to have trained as Islamist militants in Pakistan’s troubled Afghan border region have been arrested in and around Paris. Some of those arrested were picked up in the suburb of Roissy, where France’s largest airport is located, security sources said on condition of anonymity. Police and intelligence officers have been questioning the suspects. Some of the suspects are apparently linked to death threats made a few weeks ago against the rector of the Grand Mosque of Paris, Dalil Boubakeur.
Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden warned France last month that its planned ban on the Islamic full-face veil in public places and its involvement in the war in Afghanistan justified attacks on its nationals. French Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux later said that the country faced a real terror threat and he urged “total vigilance”.

Dalil Boubakeur Placed under Police Protection in France

News Agencies – September 20, 2010
France’s interior minister says the country has reinforced vigilance against terrorist threats, and the moderate rector of the main Paris mosque has been given armed guards. The Grand Mosque of Paris says its rector, Dalil Boubakeur, has been given three armed guards because of a new threat. Mosque spokesman Slimane Nadour says he has no information on the nature of the threat but says “the threat is real.”
Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux told reporters Monday, “our vigilance is reinforced today,” without elaborating. Le Monde newspaper and RTL radio said Monday that France is under heightened threat of a terror attack on the transportation system and authorities are searching for a woman who could be plotting a suicide bombing in Paris.

Dalil Boubakeur Placed under Police Protection in France

News Agencies – September 20, 2010
France’s interior minister says the country has reinforced vigilance against terrorist threats, and the moderate rector of the main Paris mosque has been given armed guards. The Grand Mosque of Paris says its rector, Dalil Boubakeur, has been given three armed guards because of a new threat. Mosque spokesman Slimane Nadour says he has no information on the nature of the threat but says “the threat is real.”
Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux told reporters Monday, “our vigilance is reinforced today,” without elaborating. Le Monde newspaper and RTL radio said Monday that France is under heightened threat of a terror attack on the transportation system and authorities are searching for a woman who could be plotting a suicide bombing in Paris.