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00:45  03 november  2020
00:45  03 november  2020 Source:   liberation.fr

There is no evidence that Putin and Salman negotiated a church against a mosque

 There is no evidence that Putin and Salman negotiated a church against a mosque © Aleksey Nikolskyi Meeting of Vladimir Putin and King Salman, in Riyadh in 2019. For several years, an excerpt from a conversation between the Saudi ruler and the Russian president circulating online. It is supposed to illustrate Putin's steadfastness in the face of Islam. But nothing guarantees the authenticity of this exchange (link posted on Facebook). This is the story of a meeting between King Salman of Saudi Arabia and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Islam is the second-most widely professed religion in France (behind only Christianity). France has the largest number of Muslims in the Western world, primarily due to migration from Maghrebi

In a long-planned public-relations initiative, France faced Algeria in a “friendly” soccer match three weeks after the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States. The organizers hoped to showcase the success of “republican” integration and the maturity of the Algerian migrant presence in France .

Le recteur de la Grande Mosquée de Paris lors de sa conférence de presse, le 2 novembre. © Christophe ARCHAMBAULT The rector of the Great Mosque of Paris during his press conference, on November 2. On the occasion of a solemn declaration against terrorism, the rector of the Great Mosque of Paris launched hostilities against the French Council of Muslim Worship.

In a formal room of the Great Mosque of Paris (GMP), the rector Chems-Eddine Hafiz tries, this Monday afternoon, to give a lot of solemnity to the moment. Surrounded by a dozen Muslim leaders (including a woman, only one but this is rare!), He reads, over the microphone and without a mask, a statement denouncing terrorism and calls for a boycott of France. "Secularism is an essential value which allows different religions, including Islam, to flourish in France," recalls the rector of the GMP. We denounce all those who want to manipulate our co-religionists, especially our youth, and international public opinion, by suggesting that in France we would be subjected to a policy of "state racism" or a policy of "hatred against Muslims". "

Covid-19. In hospitals, the intensive care units are approaching saturation

 Covid-19. In hospitals, the intensive care units are approaching saturation © Franck Dubray / Ouest-France The intensive care unit of the Nantes University Hospital with patients suffering from Covid-19 coronavirus. More than 2,900 Covid-19 patients were hospitalized in intensive care on Tuesday, October 27, 2020. They occupy half of the beds currently available in France in these services welcoming the most seriously ill patients, according to the latest official figures. But as the epidemic progresses, saturation is fast approaching.

“Demonising Islam and Muslims isn’t going to keep the social peace in France .” In Deir al-Balah in the Gaza Strip, Palestinians burned portraits of Macron Jordan‘s Islamic Affairs Minister Mohammed al-Khalayleh said that “insulting” prophets was “not an issue of personal freedom but a crime that

PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron took aim at " Islamist separatism" on Friday, unveiling the substance of a long-awaited law designed to regulate the practice of Islam in France . The law, to be formally presented in December, will primarily crack down on the foreign influences in French

The leader deliberately sits alongside the French government, attacked after the Conflans-Sainte-Honorine bombing, by Muslim countries for its defense of freedom of expression and the publication of the Muhammad cartoons.

"Great fraternity between Muslims and Catholics"

To support Chems-Eddine Hafiz and his declaration, there is a former president of the CFCM (French Council of Muslim worship), Anouar Kbibech, the leader of sub-Saharan Islam in France, Assani Fassassi, and officials of important places of worship such as the Great Mosque of Saint-Denis-de la-Réunion or the Adda'wa mosque in eastern Paris. "I am much more comfortable in France to practice my worship than in many Muslim countries", supports Aslam Timol, the leader of the mosque of Saint-Denis-de la-Réunion, the oldest built in the territory. French. "There is a great brotherhood between Muslims and Catholics," Anouar Kbibech reminds him.

Attack on Notre-Dame de Nice: the political and religious worlds between "astonishment", "compassion" and "anger"

 Attack on Notre-Dame de Nice: the political and religious worlds between © VALERY HACHE "Nice, like France, is paying a much too heavy price" , reacted Christian Estrosi after the attack in Nice. The moment is for the emotion in the political class and the religious authorities. The far right takes the opportunity to demand stronger measures against Islamism. Three people were killed, including a fatally cut throat, this Thursday morning near the Notre-Dame church in Nice, by an individual with a knife who was arrested.

A brief history of Islam in France . France ’s attitude towards Islam since the 1960s can be broken down Despite being born and raised in France , French Muslim youth found it difficult to integrate into society The internal divisions within the UOIF, the incapacity of the CFCM to maintain cohesion

“AP Explains: Why does France incite anger in the Muslim world? Its brutal colonial past, staunch secular policies and tough-talking president who is seen as insensitive toward the Muslim faith all The Associated Press backing Islamic Terror and horrific murder as a response to Freedom of Speech.

Video: Secularism: François Hollande denounces a “form of drift by a part of the left” towards Islam in the 90s (Le Figaro)

At the microphone, Chems-Eddine Hafiz is firm: "We call on the authorities of our country to take strong measures so that the Muslim component of France, which has largely condemned the recent terrorist acts, is not amalgamated with the sowers of hate", claims- he does. The one who succeeded the irremovable Dalil Boubakeur at the head of the GMP since January has been omnipresent on the politico-religious scene since the start of the school year. His column condemning Islamism, published on October 1 in Le Monde, the day before the President of the Republic’s speech on separatism caused a stir. And dubbed him.

Behind the scenes, the rector, for his part, had been looking for allies in recent weeks to lead his own battle, this one internal, against the Islam of France. And, this Monday, beyond the solemn declaration against terrorism, the umpteenth episode of the battle between Algerians and Moroccans to control Islam in France takes place at the Grand Mosque of Paris.

Attack on the French consulate in Saudi Arabia: a priori no link with the assassination in Nice

 Attack on the French consulate in Saudi Arabia: a priori no link with the assassination in Nice © Mohammed Ahmed, AFP The French consulate in Jeddah, in western Saudi Arabia, in front of which a vigil was stabbed this Thursday, October 29. There is nothing at this stage to link the knife attack in front of the French consulate in Jeddah, which was slightly injured on Thursday, October 29, with the attack in Nice that same day.

Islamic world. What was intended as a classroom exploration of the freedom of thought has turned into a mini-clash of civilisations. The French president, Emmanuel Macron, responded by saying France would not “renounce the caricatures”. Since then Macron has been described as mentally ill by the

‘ Islam is a religion that is in crisis all over the world today’, says Macron, as he unveils plan to defend secularism. He announced that the government would present a bill in December to strengthen a 1905 law that officially separated church and state in France .

"I deplore the fact that the president of the CFCM is not there"

With his mustache, the rector of GMP could have a little air of General Tapioca, that of Tintin's albums. “I called for unity. I deplore the fact that the president of the CFCM is not there, ”Hafiz blurted out in a press conference after his speech. He publicly tackles Mohammed Moussaoui, his Moroccan rival at the head of the CFCM. Earlier, Assani Fassassi, Hafiz's new ally, violently charged the CFCM, which he called "infiltrated" and "infiltrated".

Could be a bad boulevard room. But given the context of the attacks and the tension, these heartbreaks are tragic and difficult to understand. The President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron, had urged, in his speech at Mureaux (Yvelines) on October 2, the CFCM to organize more strictly the Islam of France, to certify the formations and the imams and especially to cut bridges with foreign influences.

The offensive by Hafiz, close to the Algerian power, comes at the worst time, and goes against the government's wish to free Islam in France from the weight of the consulates of the countries of origin. According to an expert, the new rector of the GMP would have the ear of the Ministry of the Interior, in charge of worship. Minister Gerald Darmanin made a remarkable trip on September 18 to the Grand Mosque in Paris.

Funded by Algeria, the GMP considers itself to be the legitimate representative of Islam in France and has always prevented the CFCM from becoming too important. These new battles risk above all deepening the rift with the new generations of activists, from Muslim communities who are struggling to get involved in the management of mosques and the organization of worship.

Covid-19. Is the containment too light? .
© LUDOVIC MARIN / AFP Passers-by in rue Montorgueil in Paris, on the fourth day of confinement, November 2, 2020. Voices are rising to demand stricter confinement measures, while the government will study the 'hypothesis of a return of the curfew in Paris, during a defense council this Wednesday.

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