Collective Against Islamophobia In France
The Collectif Contre l’Islamophobie en France (CCIF) was a French Islamophobia watch group and Islamist influence operation with strong ties to organizations part of the Global Muslim Brotherhood (GMB) in Europe. Founded in 2003, the CCIF described itself as a „human rights organization” whose mission was to “combat Islamophobia.” In 2016, a former French Interior minister described the CCIF as “being in the orbit of the Muslim Brotherhood” and in the style of Tariq Ramadan, the son-in-law of the Muslim Brotherhood founder.
CCIF’s efforts included passionate defenses of the Islamic headscarf and campaigns against secularism. They also included joint projects with the Federation of Muslim Youth and Student Organizations (FEMYSO) and appearing at conferences of the Institut Européen des Sciences Humaines. In 2018, the CCIF jointly co-organized a conference in Istanbul on “Combatting Islamophobia” with the AKP, the Islamist political party of Turkish President Erdoğan. The CCIF also was a member of the European Network Against Racism (ENAR), an association of over 150 NGOs describing itself as “the voice of the anti-racist movement in Europe” and whose former leader openly acknowledged that he had been a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.
In 2020, the CCIF was dissolved by the French government, which designated it as an “enemy of the republic” and accused it of associating with Islamism and minimizing terrorism. Before, the CCIF had been the subject of a media storm, being accused of taking part in a social media campaign against a French history teacher who was beheaded after showing his class caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad as part of a class on free speech. After the dissolution, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), an important part of the US Muslim Brotherhood, said it offered office space and logistical resources to the group. In 2021, CCIF announced it had regrouped in neighboring Belgium under a new name.