Muslim Groups in France Refuse to Sign Anti-Extremism Charter

After five of the eight groups signed President Emmanuel Macron’s charter rejecting extremist sentiments, three are still refusing to sign.

After five of the eight groups signed President Emmanuel Macron’s charter rejecting extremist sentiments, three are still refusing to sign. 

Out of the eight member groups of the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM), the three said they will not sign the charter yet.

The groups said in a statement, “We believe that certain passages and formulations in the text submitted are likely to weaken the bonds of trust between the Muslims of France and the nation.” 

“Furthermore, some statements are prejudicial to the honour of Muslims, with an accusatory and marginalising tone,” they added.

The charter consists of articles stressing the compatibility of Islam and French laws. The document emphasizes the rejection of ‘political Islam,’ racism and discrimination in all forms, among others.

The organizations said they will only sign after a “broad, democratic and participatory consultation”.


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