French President Emmanuel Macron has announced his intention to tame Islam in France, in much the same way that the Catholic Church has been tamed since 1789. He is evidently looking for something along the lines of the control of Tatar Muslims in Czarist Russia. I say, good luck to him — he’ll need to be as ruthless as the Czars were in their suppression of Tatar zealots, and in the process throw out the EU’s rulebook on human rights.
Islam in France: The CFCM presents Emmanuel Macron an imams’ council project
November 19, 2020
The French Council of Muslim Worship (CFCM) was received by Emmanuel Macron at the Élysée Palace Wednesday. At the request of the President, its leaders proposed to him a project for a national council responsible for supervising the training of imams in France.
On Wednesday November 18 the leaders of the French Council of the Muslim Worship presented Emmanuel Macron with a project for a national imams council. The head of State had asked them to create a body responsible for designating imams in France, stated the Élysée [presidential palace].
The chief of State has also asked them to write up, in collaboration with the Ministry of Interior, a “charter of Republican values”, to which the CFCM and the nine federations that make up the CFCM will commit themselves.
He gave them two weeks to return and present this charter to him, stated the Élysée, confirming the information from Le Figaro and Le Parisien.
The charter, the President requested, must affirm the recognition of the values of the Republic, specifying that Islam in France is a religion and not a political movement, and stipulate the end of interference or affiliation with foreign nations.
The objective is specifically to put an end, within four years, to the presence in France of 300 foreign imams sent by Turkey, Morocco and Algeria.
Stop the ambiguities
Since his speech on separatism and radical Islam at the beginning of October, and again after the murder of Samuel Paty and the Nice attack, the head of state increased his pressure on the governing bodies of Islam in France to fight against foreign influence, radicalization, and political Islam.
On Wednesday, he received the leaders of the nine federations that compose the CFCM for the fourth time since the start of the school year, according to the Élysée Palace. The president let them know that several of these federations are taking ambiguous positions on the subjects discussed, and that they need to stop these ambiguities.
Among these nine federations, representatives of one large part of the Muslim religious community — three of them — do not have a “Republican vision”, such as Milli Görüs, a Turkish (national), and the Muslims of France, (formerly UOIF, Union of Islamic Organizations in France), the Élysée revealed. “If some of them do not sign this charter, we will apply the consequences,” the president warned, who “took note of their proposals.”
Designating the imams
The council of imams, presented as a sort of council on modeled on that of lawyers, would not only be able to designate imams and give them an official card — at present, no designation is necessary, and it is possible for one to proclaim himself an imam — but also to withdraw approval in case of a breach of the charter, and a code of ethics, which it will have to draw up.
The President gave the CFCM 6 months to implement a training framework for imams.
Depending on their role (imams directing prayer, preaching imams, and imams who speak at conferences) different levels of knowledge of French and diplomas, up to university training, will be required. The council will have to bring current imams into line with this model.
The membership of CFCM in this new Muslim religious organization in France would mark a victory for Emmanuel Macron, the target of sometimes violent criticisms from Muslims in several countries for his remarks on an Islam “in crisis” and his words against radical Islam.
In addition to the calls for a boycott of French products, the French president, who rejects any accusation of being anti-Muslim and defends a neutral secularization vis-à-vis all religions, has himself personally become the target of jihadist threats.