CFCM adopts a “charter of principles” of Islam, meeting Monday with Macron

On Sunday, the French Council of Muslim Worship (CFCM) formally approved a charter of principles of Islam of France and its leaders will be received Monday by President Emmanuel Macron, who had demanded this text as part of his offensive against separatism.

After several weeks of internal crisis, the three leaders of the CFCM announced on Saturday an agreement on this text which affirms the compatibility of the Muslim faith with secularism, gender equality and rejects the use of Islam for political purposes.

The charter recalls that acts hostile to Muslims in France and the symbols of their faith are the work of an extremist minority that cannot be confused with either the state or the French people, said Mohammed Moussaoui, the president of the CFCM in a statement.

Its formal adoption by the nine federations making up the CFCM paves the way for a vast restructuring of Frances second religion and, in particular, the creation of a National Council of Imams (CNI), which will be responsible for labelling imams practising in France.

In a separate statement, the Elysée announced Sunday evening that Emmanuel Macron would receive Monday at 12:00 PM representatives of the CFCM together with the Minister of the Interior and Worship, Gérald Darmanin.

This announcement comes as the bill against separatism arrives in the National Assembly on Monday.