Mr. Chems-Eddine Hafid, Rector of the Great Mosque of Paris said that the attack on two women of Algerian origin a few days ago in Paris had nothing to do with Islamophobia.
“I spoke with the public prosecutor here in Paris and with the director of the CCIF [“Collectif contre l’islamophobie en France”: “Collective Body Against Islamophobia In France”] and they told me that this is an isolated incident and has nothing to do with Islamophobia. It is just a personal problem between two women,” said Hafid in an interview with “Radio Algeria International”.
Chems-Eddine Hafid said he will be ready to file a complaint if Muslims are attacked in France.
The Rector of the Great Mosque of Paris also stressed that he was going to meet with French president Macron on Tuesday for the second time in a few days to talk about the situation of the Muslim community in France and to raise the concerns of Muslims about the repeated acts of aggression from the extreme right in particular.
According to him, Emmanuel Macron had previously reassured him that he had given “instructions to Prefects and the Minister of the Interior to take measures to protect mosques and worshippers”.
“We, as representatives of the Muslim community, want to help in the sustained fight against violence,” he added.