Mohammed Moussaoui the only candidate for the presidency of the French Council of Muslim worship


Mohammed Moussaoui is now the only candidate for the presidency of the French Council of Muslim Faith (CFCM) for the election which takes place on Sunday January 18

Unless surprised, it is therefore this 55-year-old Franco-Moroccan, already president of the CFCM from 2008 to 2013, who should be elected by the 87 members of the board of directors meeting at the Paris Mosque. He should hold this position for a period of 18 months to two years.

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The day before, Chems-Eddine Hafiz, new rector of the Paris Mosque since Saturday, January 11, who had also expressed the wish to take the head of the CFCM, wrote on Twitter: ” In order to favor consensus and consultation, (…) I decided to withdraw my candidacy for the presidency of the CFCM, and to devote myself for the next two years to my new functions as rector of the Grand Mosque of Paris. “

Internal negotiations

I therefore support the candidacy of (…) Mohammed Moussaoui Added Chems-Eddine Hafiz, a business lawyer. And this, while internal negotiations had taken place for several days to try to find a consensual list to present Sunday, with a single president, for the first period.

Mohammed Moussaoui, associate in mathematics, lecturer at the University of Avignon, is president of one of the federations that make up the CFCM, the Union of Mosques of France (UMF, near Morocco), born in 2013.

Often criticized for its lack of representativeness and results, marked by the quarrels between federations which remained close to the countries of origin of the communities (Morocco, Algeria, Turkey…), the CFCM, created in 2003, is however the main interlocutor of the public authorities on Muslim worship.

In October, Emmanuel Macron said he expected this body to be more involved in the fight against radicalization and communitarianism, asking for a “change of pace” and a “strong voice”.



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