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Rabat: The muslims of Saint-Etienne will have their cultural Center

Friday, 20 July 2018

The Council of the Moroccan Community living Abroad (CCME) hosted Thursday, July 19, 2018, in Rabat, a meeting with a delegation of political and religious leaders of the French city of Saint-Etienne. The group was headed by the Mayor of the city, Mr. Gael Perdriau who carries out a project of a Muslim Cultural center in Saint-Etienne.

In his opening speech, Mr. Abdellah Boussouf, Secretary General of the CCME, explained the tasks of the council, its prerogatives and public policy opinions on immigration. 

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« How to manage islam in France ?», was the main subject of the meeting since the municipality de Saint-Etienne carries a project to build a Muslim cultural center. Mr. Boussouf said that the problems France is facing are more cultural than religious. In reference to the establishment of a cultural center in Saint-Etienne, he said « that it can be a space of sharing between the different components of the French society and help desacralize cultural practices related to Islam ".

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The secretary general also pointed out that the problems facing Islam in France that the Muslim religion is compatible with the values ​​of the Republic, « especially secularism ».

The Mayor of Saint-Etienne, Mr. Gael Perdriau, said for his part, that the  Mohammed VI Mosque of Saint Etienne is the the evidence of a better understanding Islam and Muslim rites ".

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"Carrying out the project of building a Muslim cultural center is the demonstation that Islam is not only a question relied to Muslims but the entire society that needs it to better identify religion in the urban landscape and makes a difference between culture and islam said Mr. Perdriau. "We have a shared responsibility of these young people who are struggling to identify with and get integrated in the French society," continued Mr.Gael Perdriau.

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The French delegation will go on to meet meet several officials of the Kingdom until July 23, 2018.


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