The government wants to build on a “strong Islam” to fight against radicalization, the main theme of the second meeting Monday of the “forum for dialogue” with the Muslim faith. Without questioning the “legitimacy” of the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM), the government launched in June 2015 a “forum for dialogue” to broaden the debate with “an Islam of France Sunni multiple sensitivities and without clerical hierarchy “said Prime Minister Manuel Valls.
for the second meeting, four months after the attacks of 13 November which made 130 deaths in Paris and Saint-Denis, a subject naturally dominated the order of the day: the prevention of radicalization. Some 150 Muslim leaders, presidents of mosques, imams, chaplains, practitioners, activists and researchers were invited Beauvau place to work on this phenomenon “new, complex, protean” in the words of the head of government.
“There is more than ever urgent”
the prime minister recalled in particular the representatives of the second religion of France in their “major responsibility”: “fight against Radicalisation is promoting a strong Islam, republican and professional, organized. ” “There are more urgent than ever,” he stressed. He highlighted the amount of work to be done, with “over 2000 French or residents in France very directly concerned by the Syrian or Iraqi networks”, plus “thousands of young people in our neighborhoods that are near or far seduced by this radicalization. “
About 1 600 young people tempted to start for the Iraqi-Syrian jihad followed by prefectural cells bound by agreements with various associations. “It happened in Molenbeek (Brussels commune, Ed), the pictures you have seen, we can feel sometimes in some of your neighborhoods,” he launched his Muslim interlocutors, three days after the arrest of jihad Salah Abdeslam, described by Manuel Valls “victory in the fight against terrorism,” but amid “continuing threat”.
“Seek to understand”
the head of government seemed to want to nuance a little phrase that he spoke after the attacks of 13 November and had caused much ink ( “explain is already want some excuse”), highlighting the usefulness of the social sciences in the prevention of radicalization. “We must of course seek to understand, that does not mean seeking some sort of explanation,” he insisted, arguing that “terrorists are responsible for their actions, they have no extenuating circumstances these are free individuals, who had the choice. “
on the possible link between Islam and radicalism, he has cited the thesis of Olivier Roy sociologist citing a” Islamization of radicalism “and countdown that, “tremendously useful”, he ruled, the political scientist Gilles Kepel, who sees in the new jihadism “episode additional deployment of political Islam.” The State, “which never occupy themselves with theology,” also relies on officials of the Muslim Faith to counter the fundamentalist propaganda that floods social networks.
The “multi-year educational programs”
in response, the president of the CFCM, Anwar Kbibech, reiterated his wish to establish a “religious council” whose mission is to develop a speech-cons in response to fundamentalist propaganda or jihadist on social networks. This commission should reflect “the diversity of Islam in France,” he argues, a stone in the garden of theologians gravitating into the orbit of the Muslim Brotherhood who have set up their own “theological council” as soon spring, 2015.
the head of the representative body of the Muslim Faith (2500 places) also promised, without going into detail, “Multi Annual educational programs” in mosques to “immunize” the youth and converted against the “abuse of the sacred text.” This meeting was to be closed in the late afternoon by several announcements Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.