French media is reporting that the French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanain has dissolved the Collective Against Islamophobia in France (CCIF). According to the article:
Gérald Darmanin announced Thursday evening, November 19, that he had notified his officials of the dissolution of the Collective against Islamophobia in France (CCIF), which he accused after the assassination of Samuel Paty of being an “Islamist dispensary working against the Republic”. In a tweet, the Minister of the Interior specified that the association’s leaders had “now eight days to make their case”.
(Translated from French using DeepL.)
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The CCIF has been at the center of a media storm since the French government indicated it plans to dissolve the organization, accusing it of taking part in a social media campaign against a French history teacher who was beheaded after he had shown caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in class. After the attack, France ordered a crackdown on groups accused of radicalism, carrying out dozens of raids and temporarily shutting down mosques. In early November 2020, the GIOR reported that CCIF issued a statement claiming that unidentified individuals close to French President Macron had used “fake news” from the far right to attack them, saying that they planned to extend their activities internationally.
In mid-October 2020, the Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) concluded that CCIF is an Islamist influence operation, analyzing in detail its campaigning efforts against secularism and its ties to organizations part of the Global Muslim Brotherhood in Europe, a transnational Islamist network covered by the GIOR.
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