IslamismFebruary 1 2023, 5:05 am

French Mosque Union to File Complaint Against Controversial French Novelist

French media is report­ing that the L’U­nion des Mosquées de France (UMF) has decid­ed to file a com­plaint against French nov­el­ist Michel Houelle­becq, philoso­pher Michel Onfray, and the pub­li­ca­tion Front Pop­u­laire on the grounds of pub­lic insult and “incite­ment to racial and reli­gious dis­crim­i­na­tion.” Accord­ing to an arti­cle by Actualitté:

Jan­u­ary 14, 2023 After the with­draw­al of the com­plaint from the Great Mosque of Paris — and prob­a­bly in reac­tion — the Union of Mosques of France decid­ed to attack the nov­el­ist. In a press release, the orga­ni­za­tion con­sid­ers that the lat­ter has exceed­ed the lim­its of free­dom of expres­sion. [Trans­lat­ed from French orig­i­nal with Google Translate.]

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This action is in response to a Novem­ber 2022 inter­view in Front Pop­u­laire giv­en by Houelle­becq, dur­ing which he made con­tro­ver­sial state­ments about Mus­lims, saying:

When entire ter­ri­to­ries are under Islam­ic con­trol, I think that acts of resis­tance will take place. There will be attacks and shoot­ings in mosques, in cafés fre­quent­ed by Mus­lims, in short Bat­a­clan in reverse.

The UMF’s rea­sons for the com­plaint dif­fer from those cit­ed by the Great Mosque of Paris, which had pre­vi­ous­ly filed and then dropped a com­plaint against Houelle­becq for “provo­ca­tion to hatred against Mus­lims.” Houelle­becq had apol­o­gized and made changes to the inter­view in ques­tion in an effort to calm ten­sions, but the UMF is now call­ing for the sus­pen­sion of cir­cu­la­tion of the interview.

The UMF is head­ed by Mohammed Mous­saoui, for­mer pres­i­dent of the French Coun­cil of the Mus­lim Faith (CFCM). In Feb­ru­ary 2022, the Glob­al Influ­ence Oper­a­tions Report (GIOR) report­ed that the French gov­ern­ment had dis­solved the CFCM due to for­eign influ­ence, notably from Moroc­co, Alge­ria, and Turkey, as well as the Glob­al Mus­lim Broth­er­hood and the Tab­ligh movement.



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