Macron’s Party Strives To Prevent Ownership Transfer Of Paris Mosque To Algeria
• 44 representatives of the French National Assembly belonging to the Republican Forward Party of President Emmanuel Macron, are endeavoring to prevent the transfer of the ownership of the Grand Mosque in Paris to Algeria, through a proposal submitted to the government meant to make the transfer of ownership of places of worship on French soil to foreign bodies subject to the declaration and prior approval of the French administrative authorities.
• In the context, it was stated in a proposal to amend the law submitted by 44 representatives in the French Parliament to the law promoting respect for the principles of the Republic, belonging to the Republican Forward bloc (the party of President Emmanuel Macron), that Algeria began in 2015 the procedures for transferring the ownership of the Grand Mosque in Paris to its advantage, which is run by the Al-“Ahbas” Association and the Islamic holy sites that own the building, which was donated by the Paris municipality.
• The amendment, which was published on the official website of the French National Assembly on the Internet, and without a note on it “being addressed”, indicated that without prejudice to the provisions of Article 190 of the Civil Code, the transfer of ownership of places of worship usually used for the public practice of religion, directly or indirectly, to a foreign country or a natural or legal person not residing in France, it must become subject to the declaration of the administrative authority, indicating that places of worship are assigned in symbolic euros to foreign countries without notifying the French administrative authorities.
• The former Minister of Religious Affairs and Endowments, Mohamed Aissa, announced at the end of 2015 that Algeria, through its embassy in Paris, would initiate measures aimed at transferring the ownership of the Grand Mosque of Paris to the Algerian state.
• Given the content of the amendment proposal if it is approved, Algeria cannot complete the procedures for transferring the ownership of the Grand Mosque in Paris unless the French administrative authority approves it and even if the applicable procedures are wrapped up, and this is because the proposal states that “the administrative authority may object to the authorization after the implementation of adversarial procedure”.
• In a second amendment to the Law Promoting Respect for the Principles of the Republic, 15 Republican MPS presented an amendment proposal to ward off foreign funding of Islamic religious societies from foreign countries or natural or legal persons from outside France.
The legislative text targeted Algeria, Morocco and Turkey, as they are at the forefront of foreign countries financing Islamic associations in France.