Dalil Boubakeur is a prominent leader and mufti in the French Muslim community, serving as current president of the French Council of the Muslim Faith and the de facto representative of Muslims in France to the French government. Born in Algeria under French colonialism, he moved with his family to France in 1957. Boubakeur was appointed rector of the Muslim Institute at the Grand Mosque of Paris in 1992, a post once occupied by his father, and he was elected the first president of the French Council of the Muslim Faith (2002-2008). He remains rector today and was reelected president of the French Council of the Muslim Faith in 2014. A prominent imam in the Grand Mosque, Boubakeur is considered a moderate advocate of Muslim integration, and he has been criticized by both staunch secularists and Islamists for his positions on contentious issues like the headscarf ban.