French-Tunisian imam Hassen Chalghoumi said that French people of Algerian, Moroccan, and Tunisian descent should follow the example of France's good relations with Germany despite their history during World War II, and look beyond France's colonialist past. He made his remarks in an interview that aired on Sky News Arabia (UAE) on September 26, 2021. Chalghoumi said that the Muslim Brotherhood and the movement of political Islam use the language of victimhood to exploit and radicalize Muslim youth in France, even though Muslims in France do not suffer injustice and enjoy the same rights as other French people. Chalghoumi also said that he supports the move to revoke citizenship of French Muslims who practice polygamy because this contradicts the law in France. For more about Hassen Chalghoumi, see MEMRI TV Clips nos. 8824, 8425, 8386, 6439, 5518, 5204, 5164, 4538, 4241, 3792, 3562, 3561, 2775, and 2572.
Hassen Chalghoumi: "I do not believe in the language of victimhood, but in the language of responsibility. We do not suffer injustice in France. We have the same rights as the rest. However, it is the Muslim Brotherhood and the movement of political Islam that use the language of victimhood in order exploit and radicalize the youth.
"Most young [Muslims] born in France are completely ignorant about Islam. If you ask them: Are you French? They say 'no.' Are you from your countries of ancestry? No. So who are you? They say: We are Muslims. If you ask them: What kind of Islam do you practice? The answer is the Islam that is to be found on the Internet and Google. 'Imam Google' is more powerful than any of us.
"In France, there is also a radical leftist discourse that uses the language of victimhood. They tell the young [Muslims] that they are suffering from injustice. No! Indeed, there are social problems, and poor neighborhoods, but this is not the real problem that might prevent them from progressing. During World War II between France and Germany, 50 million people were killed, but today, they have tuned a new lead, and there are no borders between them. How come we, the French of Algerian, Moroccan, or Tunisian descent, do not follow this example, and look at the future rather than at the colonialist past, or at the nonsensical claims about Zionism or racism?"
Journalist: "Do you support the revoking of French resident permits from polygamists?"
Chalghoumi: "I absolutely support this, because French law prohibits polygamy. When we came into this country – and some of us were born here – we agreed to respect the law and the principles of this country."