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Our Party is not a confessional party reserved for the Muslims of France. To say that would be a counter sense to democracy and the Republic. We work for the interest of all French citizens without distinction of beliefs or ideologies. We wish to propose a new vision, a new chance for our country with, as an asset, our values and our ethics.

The Union of French Muslim Democrats was founded to allow the French, and in particular those of Muslim faith, to bring an alternative in French society, whether in the economic, social or political fields. We are currently not present on the political field and this is a shortcoming.

For example, in order to change the vision and the stigmatization of a category of French people today, we must also intervene to counter these drifts conveyed by some of our politicians. We all remember the remarks against Muslims made by some of our elected officials during the debate on national identity organized in 2009 by the Fillon government. It is also difficult to forget the numerous prejudices and clichés formulated on the Islamic civilization, not so long ago, by Claude Guéant, then Minister of the Interior.

Islam seems to have become a major campaign issue today and we cannot remain silent any longer.

It would indeed be inconsistent if Islam were incompatible with the notion of secularism and democracy. Within the French Muslim Democrats, we separate the religious from the philosophical and moral that emanates from this faith, just as the traditional Christian parties that have long flourished in France already do very well.

This is the case for the PDC, the Parti Démocrate-Chrétien of Christine Boutin, former Minister of Housing under the Fillon 1 government, as well as for the Parti Républicain Chrétien, the PRC of Patrick Giovannoni, and other Christian federations.

Secularism, contrary to the deviation that is made of it today, is not the opposite of faith. It is a sincere and fraternal belief in a better society, more human and open to the Other.

It is a laudable model that we want to defend and enforce. It is the application of Article 1 of the constitution which states that "France is an indivisible, secular Republic, which respects all beliefs and all religions."

What unites us first of all, is the duty to serve Man outside of all purely materialistic ambitions. And in this sense, politics is a sacred and spiritual duty. On the other hand, we do not share the same vision of France and its citizens. The traditional Christian parties campaign on the Christian heritage by showing the Muslims as invaders to be fought.

Christine Boutin, honorary president of the PCD, in the middle of the debate on national identity in 2009, at the time of the referendum against minarets in Switzerland, had clearly exposed this sad reality with these words "minarets symbolize the land of Islam and France is not a land of Islam. The PRC, for its part, in a report dating from 2015, exposes "the danger of the Islamic ideology which has the vocation to impose a single party, a state religion enslaving women as well as a legal vision of the society (sharia) contrary to our republican laws. Finally, the current president of the PCD, Jean-Frédéric Poisson, declared in June 2016 "France has no vocation to become a Muslim country."

The fear of being invaded by Muslims has become a cherished theme taken up even by the government to mask the underlying problems of our country. The vision of the French Muslim Democrats is based on justice and brotherhood of peoples and we will campaign with our universal values and with all those, Christians, Jews, atheists or agnostics who seek to find a more united, egalitarian and fraternal country because it is this France that we love.

Indeed, this is a communication strategy that has already proven itself in the past. Let's take the example of the 2004 regional elections, when, in order to avoid talking about the problems that weakened the Raffarin government, which was highly criticized at the time, Jacques Chirac launched the Stasi commission, which resulted in a law banning the wearing of ostentatious signs in schools.

It was far from being the concern of the French at the time, but after a few weeks, all the TV sets and all the media talked about it from morning to night. For the 2010 regional elections, the economic crisis, the tax shield and the problems of the French people were also masked by the debate on national identity and the subsequent law banning the wearing of the full veil in public places.

For the 2012 presidential elections, the government wanted to use the same strategy again with the debate on Islam and secularism with the implementation of a new law banning street prayers for Muslims.

A country that forbids all women who have chosen to wear the headscarf to have access to knowledge is in contradiction with our fundamentals.

Our project is therefore a political response to reframe the politicians on these drifts and strategies very little secular. To change mentalities and the situation that France knows, cannot be done without the mobilization of all citizens who find themselves in our values and around a massive vote.

We therefore propose to all those who want to change this society on the fringe of republican ideology, to join us to make their voice and their convictions respected.

In the media debate, launched by some intellectuals and political leaders, it is implied that the French of Muslim faith are not compatible with Democracy.

However, living together, morality, deep respect for other communities, the importance of the family, the elderly, solidarity, mutual aid, charity and the fight against injustice are precisely the values that animate us. They are an undeniable asset in the society in which we live because they are the very foundations of democracy.

But it is because we are so attached to the concept of democracy that we are mobilizing today. Unfortunately, we do not share the same vision with liberal, socialist or even social democratic democrats.

To divide, to stigmatize the citizens between them, not to protect the most fragile nor to denounce the injustices and to be enslaved to the world of the finance, it is not in that we believe.

The UDMF was formed recently. It will therefore take time to make ourselves heard, to make ourselves understood and finally to convince. The goal is to progressively win the coming electoral moments by conquering new members, militants, sympathizers, districts, villages, cities, seats and elected officials.

The organizations we know took almost 10 years to build a name and an identity. With what has become of politics, it seems obvious that it will take even longer to influence and initiate a change of mentality. There are therefore important milestones to be reached to achieve this.

It is true that for a great majority of people it is necessary, to exist, to make noise quickly, to associate with partners already recognized and to develop a logistic and media arsenal relying on a whole bunch of new technologies.

For us, developing a new approach to French society must be accompanied above all by a true maturity of the discourse and ideas in order to disseminate them in depth to the citizen.

Because what's the point of making noise if the accompanying sound is not audible or understood by the audience?

What is the point of flooding the media and social networks with images if they do not serve to build a common and sustainable thought, responsible and respectful of our values?

We are engaged in a fight that many predict as lost in advance, since the unique thought would like that a fight can be considered only under the condition that the victory and the ease are within reach.

At the UDMF we start from a different concept. The control of defeat or success is not in our power. Our only certainty is our humanistic and sincere intention to change the world in which we live. If Man does not stand up to embrace a just cause in his existence then he may never stand up again.

This is how peoples have been liberated and the chains of despair have been broken.

If politics no longer knows how to defend the widow and the orphan, condemn the blameworthy and fight against injustice, then it no longer has any power.

We are aware of the context in which we are and we knew that our political formation would naturally be criticized.

We were first labelled as illiterate for a while to better fit the cliché of the illiterate foreigner in transit and then by the Islamist in power to further marginalize our movement.

However, what we have achieved in record time is exceptional.

We have, in fact, deeply marked the French political landscape and its history with our DNA. Patiently and without wavering, we have gathered several thousands of supporters throughout our regions, participated in local, departmental, regional, national and European elections that were very remarkable, placed a flagship project for the memory of our Nation at the heart of the debates and acquired our very first seats and elected representatives.

It is therefore an extremely promising and encouraging record that we can already present and share. And although the UDMF is still small, it is really scaring the biggest parties that are trying to ban it, or at least censor it.

For a long time, we have royally ignored the insults and low political attacks that were aimed directly at us, because our agenda was already busy enough. Today, even if the work is still in progress, the movement is better dimensioned, structured and has been enriched with means that it did not have yesterday.

That is why we have decided to fight two important battles since 2020:

1- one electoral, in the ballot boxes of the Republic to mark our territories;

2- another, more symbolic, legal action to systematically prosecute all those who would insult us and spread lies against us. The Republic does not allow defamation and witch trials.

In this line, we have recently mandated our lawyer, Me Chergui, to file a complaint against Xavier Bertrand, president of Hauts-de-France, for his defamatory remarks against us pronounced on France 3, January 11, 2020. He had allowed himself to say: "they (the UDMF) think that there should be different schedules in swimming pools ... They also think that women are not equal to men in many areas" before concluding "That, I do not accept".

Well, within the UDMF, we will no longer accept this! We will no longer tolerate being defamed in this way by those who are supposed to embody the Republic.

We are unfortunately misled by many clichés that would claim that on the one hand the Muslim woman would be a prisoner of man, a woman "object" and on the other, the Western woman who would be a liberated woman and the equal of man.

The position of women in Islam is far from the one widely disseminated in the media and which contributes to propagate the amalgam between tribal practice and the very foundations of the Muslim religion.

Islam, contrary to what is implied today, came to liberate women from the degrading position they were in before its advent.

Strangely enough, the first attacks against Islam were already focused on the position of women. Many rights had been granted to her, such as the right to freely ask for a man's hand in marriage, to express herself in public, to work and even, contrary to other monotheistic religions, to ask for a divorce.

For all these rights, Islam had been assimilated to a religion of women for women.

Today, Islam is still being attacked as much as ever in relation to the position of women, but in a reversed sense; a religion of men made for men.

And we will end with this quote from Voltaire in "Questions sur l'encyclopédie" to illustrate these remarks:

" It was mainly against the Turks, who had become Mohammedans, that our monks wrote so many books, when the conquerors of Constantinople could hardly be answered otherwise. Our authors, who are much more numerous than the janissaries, did not have much difficulty in getting our women on their side: they persuaded them that Mohammed did not regard them as intelligent animals; that they were all slaves by the laws of the Alcoran; that they possessed no property in this world, and that in the next they had no share in paradise. All of this is an obvious falsehood, and all of it has been firmly believed. "