Muslims “not persecuted” in France, according to the country’s Muslim council


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                Les musulmans ne sont "pas persécutés" en France, a déclaré lundi le Conseil français de la foi musulmane, alors qu'une dispute sur l'islam radical et la liberté d'expression oppose les nations musulmanes à Paris.

                                    <p>"La France est un grand pays, les citoyens musulmans ne sont pas persécutés, ils construisent librement leurs mosquées et pratiquent librement leur religion", a déclaré le conseil, qui sert d'intermédiaire officiel entre l'Etat et les musulmans pratiquants.

French President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to take the fight to radical Islamists after the beheading on October 16 of a history teacher who showed caricatures of the Prophet Mohamed to students during a class discussion on freedom of ‘expression.

But a backlash against his comments led to protests in majority Muslim countries over the weekend, with people burning photos of Macron in Syria and setting French flags alight in the Libyan capital of Tripoli.

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CFCM chief Mohammed Moussaoui on Monday urged French Muslims to “defend the interests” of the nation in the face of international outcry.

“We know that the promoters of these campaigns say they defend Islam and Muslims in France, we urge them to be reasonable … all defamation campaigns against France are counterproductive and create divisions,” he said. declared.

Regarding the cartoons of the Prophet Mohamed, considered offensive by many Muslims, Moussaoui said French law gave people “the right to hate” the cartoons.

But he said he supported the position of Macron, who swore that France would never give up cartoons or the right to make fun of religion.

CFCM representatives are due to meet Macron at the Elysee Palace later Monday.




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