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On Islamism, Hakim El Karoui wants to be heard by Macron

In his report “The Factory of Islamism”, the essayist and ex-banker of business describes the process of Muslim fundamentalists.

Hakim El Karoui, in Paris, in November 2017.

Since he says aloud that he whisper in the ear of Emmanuel Macron, Hakim El Karoui is a popular target. Some say it is “opportunistic” and too disconnected from the field to be legitimate. Others consider it “arrogant” and too “pushy” to be credible. The release on Sunday, September 9, of his report entitled “The Factory of Islamism” for the liberal think tank Institute Montaigne, should fuel some enmities: when we get involved in the affairs of Islam in France, we do not just make friends.

Especially since no one was waiting for him on this ground. Until recently, this 47-year-old associate of geography, Jean-Pierre Raffarin’s former pen in Matignon and ex-banker of business at Rothschild, phosphores on the “dĂ©soccidentalisation” of the world, denouncing the lack of equity between generations and lambasted the Arab policy of France. It is the attacks of 2015 which pushed him to concern himself publicly with the religious thing. “We let the poison of the salafization of spirits spread,” he wrote a few days after November 13, in a forum published in Le Monde. No one has been able to respond to their propaganda. We [Muslims] are facing our responsibilities. It is up to our generation, born in France, raised and educated by the school of the Republic, to take things in hand. ”

An ascetic figure and a first-rate editor, the essayist, columnist for L’Opinion and boss of his own strategy consulting firm, has since been publishing publications on the subject. At the end of 2016, he signed a first report for the Institut Montaigne entitled “A French Islam is possible”, then at the beginning of this year, a book, Islam, a French religion (Gallimard, 304 pages, 24 euros). In parallel, he participated in several.

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