Government’s plan to expand dialogue with Islam in France [fr]
Bernard Cazeneuve, Home Minister, announced Wednesday, February 25, measures to strengthen the dialogue with representatives of the Muslim faith, to seek a response to radicalisation, to better ensure the safety of places of worship and to improve knowledge of Islam in France.
A forum for dialogue and consultation will be created in addition to the national institution, the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM) and regional councils (CRCM). This body should enable dialogue with all those who can play a role to consolidate the expression of an Islam which is faithful to values of the Republic. An Islam, when faced with distortion of Islam by a very small number of individuals, carries a message of peace, tolerance and respect. An Islam, when faced with distortion of Islam by a very small number of individuals, carries a message of peace, tolerance and respect.
Like what already exists for the Catholics, this body will meet twice a year, in the presence of the Prime Minister, to discuss very practical questions preoccupying the French Muslims. It will also bring together around the CFCM and the CRCM networks, imams, intellectuals and academics.
In addition, the government will encourage the opening by the higher education institutions of programs leading to academic degrees in civil and civic education, especially adapted to profile of future imams.
Bernard Cazeneuve has also recalled the government’s priorities in ensuring the safety of mosques and Muslim sites and to prevent Islamophobic acts.
|Dialogue with Islam - Bernard Cazeneuve’s speech at the mosque of Cenon|
Mosque of Cenon, Bordeaux, 25 February 2015
Please find here the minister’s speech in English.