the essentials The Fondation laïque de l’Islam de France was created in 2016 after the attacks in 2015. It has been recognized as a non-profit organization and works on the development of cultural, educational and social projects.
We went to Ghaleb Bencheikh for a tour. The President of the Fondation de l’Islam de France (FIF) was re-elected on Thursday 10 June for a four-year term in which he will be tasked with finding new resources for this cultural organization.
The FIF is not a religious organization, but a non-profit recognized secular foundation that develops cultural, educational and social projects. It was founded in the summer of 2016 after the attacks by then Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve. It was initially entrusted to Jean-Pierre Chevènement, then in 2018 the reform theologian and French-Algerian physicist Ghaleb Bencheikh was elected as its chairman.
10 million euros for the foundation
Last October, Emmanuel Macron pledged 10 million euros to the foundation to finance “initiatives in the fields of culture, history and science”. It supports projects in secular matters (Islamic cultures, education, research, political education) and awards research grants for doctoral students and masters in basic Islamic research.