Mohammed Moussaoui

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Mohammed Moussaoui

Mohammed Moussaoui (born 1 April 1964 in Figuig, Morocco) is the president of the French Council of Muslim Faith.[1]

As of 2008 he is naturalizing as a citizen of France.[2] On August 2, 2011 he gave an interview with French radio station RTL, where he stated that there are nearly 150 new mosques under construction in France, and that there are more practicing Muslims than Roman Catholics in the country.[citation needed] France, home to an estimated six million Muslims, has the largest Muslim population in the European Union.

On November 3, 2011 he condemned the previous day's firebombing of French magazine Charlie Hebdo, saying that it was "an act which can in no way represent the principles of liberty, tolerance and peace that are (our) message", but he went on to regret the "anxious European climate of Islamophobia." [3]

He, condemned the "hateful act," (of gunmen attacking French satirical magazine in Paris and killing 12 people) and urged Muslims and Christians "to intensify their actions to give more strength to this dialogue, to make a united front against extremism."[4]