In mid-April, a French Muslim Brotherhood group issued a statement calling for support of Emmanuel Macron in the country’s presidential elections held on 24 April 2022. According to the statement:
April 13, 2022 The results of the first round of the presidential election force us to come out of our reserve. Once again, the candidate of the far-right party is qualified for the second round of this election. The ideology and program of the Rassemblement National are at odds with the values of the Republic, the rule of law, democracy, living together and equality between men and women. There is an imminent danger to see this political party at the head of the executive of our country. Consequently, we call on all our fellow citizens and in particular those of the Muslim faith to block the far right in the second round by voting for Emmanuel Macron. [Translated from French original using Google.]
Read the statement here.
Musulmans de France (MF) is the French member of the Council of European Muslims (CEM), essentially representing the Global Muslim Brotherhood (GMB) in France. Until 2018, the MF operated under the name Union of Islamic Organizations of France. According to French media, MF has received significant funding from Qatar, a major international backer of the GMB.
According to additional reporting by French media, two other major French Muslim organizations, the Grand Mosque of Paris and the Rassemblement des Musulmans de France have also come out in support of Macron, advising their followers to vote for him over Marine Le Pen of the nationalist Rassemblement National party. All three organizations were part of the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM), an umbrella body comprising members from different Islamic federations that served as an interlocutor between the government and Muslim leaders. In early 2022, the government dissolved the CFCM due to foreign influence.
The Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) has covered past instances of CEM criticisms of Macron for his stance against Islamism and radicalism, including for an October 2020 speech on combating Islamist separatism. In November 2020, the GIOR reported that a large number of organizations part of the CEM youth wing Forum of European Muslim Youth and Student Organisations had published an open letter to Macron criticizing what they called his “unilateral assault on Muslims, Islam and the Prophet Muhammad.”
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