Start-up Muslim Party Eyes Local Ballots to Make Its Name in France

France 24, February 12, 2015

The Union of French Muslim Democrats (UDMF) has said it hopes to field candidates in eight cities in French elections next month, a modest objective for a young party with big ambitions.

The UDMF this week filed applications to run two candidates in the Parisian suburb of Bobigny as part of local elections in March, French media reported on Thursday. The relatively new political party said it planned to do the same in seven other ballot races, including in Marseille, Lyon and Nice.

Najib Azergui, who founded the UDMF in 2012, told the daily Le Parisian that his group wanted to give a voice to the country’s sizeable Muslim community, which struggles to find itself represented in the country’s mainstream parties.

Azergui, who teaches computer technology, denies that his party wants to implement Islamic sharia law in France. He said Islam was completely compatible with democratic values, pointing to France’s well-established Christian Democratic Party as an example of a political group with principles rooted in religion.

He admitted his group remains a marginal one on the French political landscape, with only around 900 members. He hopes the local elections in March, which will include over 2,000 separate races across the country, will help draw attention to the party and swell its ranks.

Headscarves in school

Hocine Hebbali, 32, became the party’s first–and so far only–member elected to public office, winning a seat as a city councilor in Bobigny last year.

The UDMF says it supports using Islamic banking practices to decrease France’s bloated public debt and says the country should invest in the halal food industry as a way to create jobs.

The party wants to repeal France’s 11-year-old ban on headscarves in schools and backs Turkey’s bid to join the European Union, according to the group’s website.

The group’s existence is ignored by most French voters, but its appearance on a handful of ballots in March will likely raise eyebrows. Famed French author Michel Houellebecq’s latest novel “Submission,” which envisions France ruled by a Muslim party in 2022, sparked a media storm when it hit bookshelves last year.

Speaking to France Inter radio after his novel’s release, Houellebecq said a Muslim party “made a lot of sense”, pointing out that Muslims were dangerously unrepresented in mainstream politics.

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  • superlloyd

    The thin end of the wedge. ‘He said Islam was completely compatible with democratic values.’ Yeah, sure pal.

    • Raymond Kidwell

      Nazism is completely compatible with democratic values as well. At least that was what Hitler said before he got elected.

  • dd121

    If they ever get control of the country, don’t expect them to be so democratic.

  • JInSanD

    Quiz Time: If 98% of blacks voted for Obama, what percentage of muslims will vote for the muslim candidate?

    a. 98%
    b. It depends on the qualifications of the candidates.
    c. Trick question, elections don’t matter once sharia law is instituted.

  • dmxinc

    Because of the parliamentary system, they will have better representation in France than we have in our own country.

  • Frank_DeScushin

    So it’s a political party built explicitly on religious and ethnic identity. It will be championed by the Left as “empowering a disenfranchised community” or some other such nonsense. Should the ethnic French build a party explicitly around that identity or a Christian identity they would likely be denounced, and the government may even act to shut them down as has been attempted with Jobbik or Golden Dawn. The double standard is obvious and pronounced. It is on us to no longer care how they label us, and instead go forward with explicitly acting in our people’s interests.

  • Rustler

    “Speaking to France Inter radio after his novel’s release, Houellebecq said a Muslim party “made a lot of sense”, pointing out that Muslims were dangerously unrepresented in mainstream politics.”

    For those who don’t know, Houellebecq is a good guy who is essentially “in character” when he says stuff praising Muslim.

    He is also wryly alluding to the massive overrepresentation of Jews in the French establishment.

  • Famed French author Michel Houellebecq’s latest novel “Submission,” which envisions France ruled by a Muslim party in 2022, sparked a media storm when it hit bookshelves last year.

    That’s exactly what I was thinking of when I read the headline. That novel is about the 2022 French election for President which results in a runoff between MLP and an openly Islamist party, and how the French left and “respectable” right has to engage in a lot of mental gymnastics to support the Islamist.

  • SentryattheGate

    Notice the talk about their superior banking practices, halal foods and hijabs for women—-they don’t come to the West for anything except our money, our resources, our territory and to replace us!

    • Sick of it

      Our women don’t seem to mind, unfortunately.

      • Sloppo

        Those women who don’t understand why they should mind were not taught what they should have been when they were growing up. I believe that is where the failure begins.

  • Triarius

    Good! Left the left cannibalize each other on top of waking every fence sitter up.

  • IstvanIN

    Gaullist Caliphate of Europe has a nice ring to it.

  • libertarian1234

    The left is very careful not to say anything negative about Islam. It makes a person wonder if they truly know what it is all about and what the ramifications would be in voting in Sharia law, especially since they have demonized and hysterically shrieked about the church and Christianity and Christian do’s and don’ts which they despise and ridiculed every chance they got.

    So along rises the specter of Islam within their lands, which represents restrictive beliefs and practices that are a million times more restrictive than Christianity yet these same rabid Christian hating liberals are quick to take the side of Islam in almost everything they do, saying Islam is a religion of peace, as if they’re in agreement with the many things Islam prohibits and requires.

    For example, whether a Muslim is a jihadist or not his Sharia Law says: No alcohol. No gambling. No adultery. No promiscuousness. No pornography or even risqué sex presentations by semi-nude women. No smoking. No drugs. No music. No dancing with the opposite sex or mixing with the opposite sex in public. No homosexuality. And that’s just a few of the no no’s.

    And I guess the requirement that they wash their feet and pray five times a day fills in for their lack of recreational activity.

    And the bans women must observe are even more numerous and onerous than the basic ones for everybody, from being unable to be alone or talk to a man not a family member to being prohibited from voting or driving a car or getting a higher education, not being able to offer an opinion on anything, and having testimony in court worth only half that of a man.

    The requirements are burdensome too, like having to wear clothes that cover the entire body and face, undergoing the pain, humiliation and suffering of female genital mutilation, obeying a man’s every whim.

    And the penalties for violating one of the bans runs from vicious beatings to death.

    What these Christian bashing liberals desperately need is a vacation to Saudi Arabia where they could live for a year, temporarily converting to Islam in order to understand what it is they’re supporting. Personally, I think they would go stark raving mad in three months.

    But one thing I know for certain is that those returning in one piece wouldn’t be voting to have Sharia as the law of the land.

    • rightrightright

      Porn is the great hobby. Moslem Pakistan is the No. 1 user of internet porn sites (including bestiality), and there are so many underage white kuffar girls, kuffar females being excluded from Mohamed’s little list of don’ts.

  • Pelayo

    And so it begins.. And the Frenchmen will have to end it.

  • George Costanza

    Give it time..It’s gonna start to look like 1970’s Lebanon over there in 50yrs.

  • rightrightright

    No representation in France? Moslems in France are flattered and fawned upon, hosed down with other people’s money and go to the front of the queue for social housing.

    Just as Moslems find liberal democracy oppressive because it prevents them from oppressing others, so Moslems having a ‘voice’ will mean the silencing of all other voices. Or else. When Moslems attempt to debate any issue in a reasonable manner (‘reason’ being an alien concept and probably blasphemous as it implies cause and effect), they always, always menace their audience with a threat or two. They can do no other.

    On the other hand, if Moslems switch to identity politics and support this new islamic party, the vote for France’s traitor parties will fall away, to the benefit of Marine Le Pen.

  • Sloppo

    I think it would be truthful if you take the word “French” out of the term. I consider it to be a hate crime against Europeans when the moon-god worshipping colonists are described as “European” in any sense of the word.

  • Sloppo

    I think the “Union of Muslim Jihadists” is a good enough term to describe who they are.