Ghaleb Bencheikh leaves for a round. The President of the Fondation de l’Islam de France (FIF) was re-elected on Thursday, June 10, for a four-year term during which he will have the task of finding new funding for this cultural organization. “I look forward to the institution”, got excited the treformer heologian and Franco-Algerian physicist at the end of the vote, before stressing that the main projects “titanic” In progress “will continue and intensify”.
The FIF is not a religious organization but a secular foundation recognized as being of public utility, and works to develop cultural, educational and social projects. It was set up in the summer of 2016 after the 2015 attacks by Bernard Cazeneuve, then Minister of the Interior. It was first entrusted to Jean-Pierre Chevènement, then Ghaleb Bencheikh was elected as its head in 2018.
The election, initially scheduled for March, had been postponed twice due to tensions within the executive, of which three state representatives are on the board. During his speech at Mureaux (Yvelines) against “separatism” last October, Emmanuel Macron announced an envelope of 10 million euros for the FIF to finance “The initiatives” taken “in matters of culture, history and science”.
The foundation finances projects in secular matters (Islamic cultures, education, research, civic training, etc.) and distributes research grants for doctoral students and masters in fundamental Islamology.