On Tuesday, the French Counsel of the Muslims (CFCM) congratulated Nicolas Sarkozy on his election to the presidency and declared him the leader who knew to rally the interests of French Muslims through his national image. The CFCM, created in 2003 by Mr. Sarkozy, then Minister of the Interior, now has a membership estimated at four billion. French Muslims will always remember [Sarkozy’s] initial graciousness in inviting Muslims to the Republic, concludes the CFCM. Dalil Boubakeur, superintendent of the Paris Mosque and president of the CFCM, was confident by Sunday evening of the victory of Mr. Sarkozy.

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