By Tom Heneghan PARIS – The main mission of France’s Muslim Council is to protect France and its Islamic community from religious radicalism imported from abroad, its moderate leader said on Monday after being reelected for a second term. Dalil Boubakeur, rector of the Grand Mosque of Paris, said the victory of conservative and moderate mosque networks in elections for the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM) showed a large majority of French Muslims rejected radicalism.
To prevent the destruction of the French Council of Islam, the Minister of the Interior, Domenique de Villepin, proposed that three great federations (Large Mosque of Paris, UOIF and FNMF) to form single lists for the next poll envisaged on April 26.
The French Council of the Islamic Faith (CFCM) is taking water on all sides. Its president, Dalil Boubakeur, is starting the creation of a separate structure, which would be baptized Conf_d_ration of the Moslems of France. In addition to the Mosque of Paris, where Boubakeur is the vice-chancellor, a nebula of associations could would form it, according to Abderrahmane Dahmane, president of the Council of Muslim Democrats of France.