France’s Muslim leaders to boycott Jewish council’s dinner

France’s Muslim leaders are refusing to attend a prestigious annual dinner of the country’s main Jewish organization, angry over comments by a Jewish leader associating young Muslims with violence. Roger Cukierman, head of the CRIF Jewish council, was denouncing a growing number of acts against Jews in France. He specified that he was talking about a “very small minority” of Muslims. The French Muslim Council (CFCM), in a statement denounced Cukierman’s comments as unfounded, including his use of the expression “Islamo-fascism.” French President Francois Hollande will be among dignitaries at the dinner. Leaders of the CFCM have attended the event for several years.



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