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The Paradoxes of Institutionalizing Islam in France

Amin El-Yousfi September 01, 2020

On February 18, 2020, a few weeks before COVID-19 became the number one concern for politicians and the public, Emmanuel Macron delivered a long-awaited speech in Mulhouse in which he emphasized the importance of fighting what he called “Islamist separatism”. Many analysts were surprised by this declaration which differed from previous statements he’d made, following his election, about the need to institutionalize Islam. This policy brief explores the background to the institutionalization of Islam in France, and presents the obstacles to its Organization.