The month of Ramadan, which takes place once again in the particular context related to the pandemic, will begin on Tuesday in France, officially announced Sunday at the Great Mosque of Paris.
The rector of the mosque Chems-eddine Hafiz confirmed this date during a meeting on Sunday evening with several federations of mosques to set date, even if the latter had been given ten days ago by the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM).
Ramadan will end with the Eid el-Fitr, the “feast of the breaking of the fast”, which will take place on May 13 in France.
France has between five and six million practicing Muslims, according to several studies on the subject, making Islam the second-largest religion in that country and the French Muslim community the largest in Europe.
During Ramadan, one of the pillars of Islam, believers are asked to abstain from drinking, eating, smoking, and having sex from dawn – as soon as one can “distinguish a white thread from a black one” says the Koran – until sunset.