PARIS – A galaxy of Muslim religious leaders boarded a bus on the Champs-Élysées in Paris on Saturday, July 8, as they kicked off their tour across Europe to condemn terrorism at the sites of recent attacks claimed by ISIS.
“We are here to say that our religion and the values of Islam are opposed to those assassins,” Hassen Chalghoumi, the imam de Drancy, told France Inter radio on Saturday, Reuters reported.
The imams’ tour includes religious leaders from France, Belgium, Britain, and Tunisia.
Kicked off in Paris, the tour stops will include Berlin, where organizers say they hope to meet Chancellor Angela Merkel, Brussels and Nice, with a return to Paris for 14 July, the first anniversary of the Nice truck attack.
The initiative of the current tour was planned by the Imam of Drancy and French writer Marek Halter.
Some 30 people boarded the bus on Saturday with more expected to join on the way, bringing the total number of participants to 60.