French Ambassador to Speak at DC Forum on Riots

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful




(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/15/05) - On Monday, November 21, France’s ambassador to the United States will take part in a public forum, titled “The Riots in France: Disenfranchisement and Integration,” at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Ambassador Jean-David Levitte will be joined in the forum by Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), and Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) Executive Director Salam Al-Marayati. Awad and Al-Marayati will have just returned from discussions with Muslim leaders and government officials in Europe.

WHAT: The Riots in France: Disenfranchisement and Integration
WHEN: Monday, November 21, 9:30-11 a.m.
WHERE: First Amendment Room, National Press Club, 529 14th Street, NW, Washington, D.C.
CONTACT: Admission is free, but seating is limited. Attendees are required to make a reservation by e-mailing:

The event, part of CAIR’s “American Muslim Policy Forum” series, will focus on policy implications resulting from the riots that began in the suburbs of Paris following the electrocution deaths of two teenagers on Oct. 27. Rioters say they are protesting high unemployment, discrimination and marginalization in French society.

CAIR, America's largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

To read CAIR's Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to:

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CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail:; Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail:


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