With National Rally showing strength in Sunday’s vote, French Muslims hold their breath

by | Jul 5, 2024 | Religion

PARIS (RNS) — On Wednesday (July 3), five days before the second and decisive round of parliamentary elections in France, in which the populist National Rally Party is on track to win a majority, leaders of the French Muslim community gathered in Paris’ Grand Mosque to call for massive voter mobilization against what they called an existential threat to the country’s political institutions. “We are standing firm against the project of the National Rally, against its ideology, its roots and its origins, which we haven’t forgotten,” said Chems-Eddine Hafiz, a Franco-Algerian lawyer and rector of Paris’ Grand Mosque since 2020. “These past few years, the party’s project has revolved around the invention of a public enemy: the Muslim citizen.” 
Kamel Kabtane, the rector of Lyon’s Grand Mosque, said a victory for the far right would have “devastating consequences” for the community. In a recent op-ed published in Le Monde, Kabtane said the risk to the Muslim community has never been higher, arguing that a National Rally victory would make Muslim citizens feel that a target had been put on their backs. 
Long considered a fringe party, the National Rally’s leader, Marine Le Pen, has made great efforts to make the party more palatable and accepted in French p …

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Kamel Kabtane, the rector of Lyon’s Grand Mosque, said a victory for the far right would have “devastating consequences” for the community. In a recent op-ed published in Le Monde, Kabtane said the risk to the Muslim community has never been higher, arguing that a National Rally victory would make Muslim citizens feel that a target had been put on their backs. 
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