Sounded to direct the Foundation for Islam in France, the former minister believes that Muslims “must be able to practice their religion freely,” but advises “discretion” in the public space. According to an IFOP poll, 45% of practicing Catholics see Islam as a threat.
Approached for several weeks to the Foundation for the head Islam in France, a project failed for 10 years but must be reactivated in October, former minister Chevènement confirmed the information Monday to Paris . “This mission is so much public interest that no official can avoid. I do not shirk me unless my appointment would cause insoluble problems that would force me to retire, “he said. The primary objective of this foundation will be the training of imams as the former president of Citizens Movement. “You have to teach them what the French citizenship, if any French, the general principles of law, at least those governing relations between the Muslim religion and government.”
He also believes that Muslims “must be able to practice their religion freely,” but advises “discretion” in the public space “in this difficult time.” “Muslims, like all French citizens should be able to worship freely. But they must also understand that in the public space where defines the public interest, all citizens should make the effort to use the natural right ‘, “says former Interior Minister .
It will also manage the issue of the financing of mosques. An association must be backed by the foundation to manage this because under the 1905 law on the separation of church and state, a foundation created by the Government can not intervene on this point. “Today there are 2500 mosques in France. The time of the “Islam of cellars and garages” Gone, “said Jean-Pierre Chevènement.
If he has accepted this appointment, the former minister has nevertheless set two conditions. The first, that foreign funds are prohibited to ensure greater transparency. The second is that it can retain its freedom of expression as a politician.
“We saw the climate tense of practicing Catholics side for some time already”
These comments came two days after the publication of an IFOP poll for the world . According to the study, 45% of practicing Catholics believe that Islam is a threat today. The attacks and the terrorist threat in France for several months have they been due to the tolerance of the latter vis-à-vis Islam? Yes to believe that figure, which jumped in recent months. In February 2015, they were only 33% consider it.
The survey also found that 63% of practicing Catholics believe “that we must not make amalgam and Muslims live peacefully in France and only radical Islamists are a threat.” 62% of all French also think.
“The murder of Father Jacques Hamel in his church of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray was a real shock in the population and even more so in Catholics “said Ifop in a broader analysis on” the ratio of Catholics to Islam of France. ” But “we saw the tense climate of practicing Catholics side for some time already,” said Jerome Fourquet, head of Ifop opinion.
The practicing Catholics are also more opposed to the construction of mosques, 40% in October 2012 against 55% in April 2016, and the wearing of the veil or headscarf in public schools, 54% in 2012 against 67% in 2016.
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