During the first session of the Forum de l’Islam de France, which was held this Saturday, February 5 in Paris, the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin invited Muslims to “write a new page”.
“This renewed dialogue with the State will henceforth be based on women and men who derive their legitimacy from their work and their logic in the field”, declared the Minister in the face of around a hundred personalities of the Muslim faith who, for the occasion, found at the Economic, Social and Environmental Council in the 16th arrondissement of Paris.
Gérald Darmanin hopes to “learn lessons from the failures of the French Council of Muslim Worship”, which was founded in 2003 and remained the privileged interlocutor of the public authorities before being discredited by a series of internal crises.
Collectives organized for “concrete results”
The Minister also argued that there will no longer be “a single representative of the Muslim religion, competent on all subjects”, for the public authorities, on the other hand, he would like groups organized by theme to be set up in order ” to achieve concrete results.
While the Forum de l’Islam de France aims to replace the French Council of Muslim Worship, and above all to turn the page, Gérald Darmanin thus urged the members to “organize themselves”.
Four working groups have already examined four subjects deemed to be priorities, namely the organization of chaplaincies (military, penitentiary, hospital), the professionalization of imams, the application of the so-called law against “separatism” and the securing places of worship and finally anti-Muslim acts.
Regarding imams, Gérald Darmanin said he was “on the side of Muslims”, and promised in advance to help in the creation of “status and social protection” for these first.