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Dalil Boubakeur is a prominent figure in the French Muslim community, and served as the first president of the French Council of the Muslim Faith (2002-8). Born in Algeria while it was still a French colony, he and his family moved to France in 1957. He was appointed Rector of the Muslim Institute at the Grand Mosque of Paris in 1992, a post once occupied by his father. Boubaker is considered a moderate advocate of Muslim integration, and has been criticized by both staunch secularists and Islamists for his positions on contentious issues like the headscarf ban.