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Muslim Brotherhood uses French NGOs to lobby Macron on radical Islam, investigation reveals

London, UK - The Muslim Brotherhood is using state-recognised NGOs in France to promote a dangerous brand of radical Islam in the country, an investigation today reveals.


A report by The Investigative Journal claims the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), an international Islamist movement, has infiltrated not-for-profit organisations by providing cash support and installing their own leaders into French community groups.

Under the guise of what appear to be NGOs representing the interests of French Muslims, the MB is then accused of promoting its own brand of fundamental Islam in the country.


The Brotherhood, which has been designated a terrorist group by Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, has financial links to both national and regional Muslim community groups in France.


One of these organisations is the powerful French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM) which serves as an official advisor to the French government in its managing of Islam in the country.

According to one expert, the outgoing leader of the CFCM Anouar Kbibech was a key figure in the MB, before taking his role at the French Muslim organisation, which worked closely with the government of Nicolas Sarkozy.


Another organisation with links to the MB which is active in France today is Musulmans de France (Muslims of France), or MDF.


At an MDF event attended by The Investigative Journal’s reporter Taha Siddiqui, artwork showing Marianne, the icon of the French Republic, wearing a headscarf was on sale next to literature by Yousef al Qaradawi, an Islamist preacher banned from entering the country.

Siddiqui’s report also reveals how the MDF has reincarnated itself, after being unmasked as a Muslim Brotherhood trojan horse.


Siddiqui writes: “MDF was not always known by this name.

“Until mid 2017 it was called UOIF (Union des Organisations Islamiques de France), the Union of Islamic Organisations of France.


“It changed its name after the United Arab Emirates designated it a terrorism-supporting organization due to its links to the Muslim Brotherhood6 and blacklisted its activities in the Middle Eastern state.


“One researcher at the 32,000-employee national think tank CNRS called the UOIF ‘incontestably’ the representative of the Muslim Brotherhood in France”.


The MDF has publicly distanced itself from the Muslim Brotherhood, but former officials say that it is linked to the group even today and is also a hub for spreading Islamic radicalization in France.


The Investigative Journal spoke Mohamed Louizi, a former MDF associate Mohamed Louizi who confirmed the connection between the two organisations, and claimed that the MDF was actively involved in promoting “the agenda” of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Louzi, who researches the activities of the MB since leaving, believes there is a long list of Muslim community groups across France which have now been infiltrated by the MB’s money and leaders.


He said: “According to my research, the organizations that have the Brotherhood influence and similar radical ideologies include the grand mosques in Bordeaux, Mulhouse, Reims, Le Havre, Décines-Charpieu, Grenoble and Marseille.


“France has seen the worst kind of Islamic terrorism in recent years, and therefore it is necessary that it deals with this issue on a priority basis.”


As part of his investigation, Siddiqi also interviewed Zineb El Rhazoui, an advisor to President Macron and survivor of the Charlie Hebdo terror attack of January 2015.


She believes the Muslim Brotherhood’s tactic of using NGOs as a trojan horse to influence French Culture must be brought into line.


Speaking to The Investigative Journal, she said: ““The Islamic organizations operating in France need to be monitored, especially when it comes to their financial sources, but currently they operate as non-governmental organizations and get away without any scrutiny about what is going inside them and who is funding them.


“Also, the French government needs to apply the law.

“No religious place can host a political meeting and many of these NGOs are violating that.”


Ms. El Rhazoui and a team of volunteers have recently started collecting information on radical speeches by Muslim thinkers in France and is sharing this information with the government.


The investigation will raise serious questions for the government of President Macron, which expressed the desire to better integrate Muslim groups in France.


CEO of The Investigative Journal and award-winning journalist Mohamed Fahmy urged the Élysée Palace to take note of the findings in the report put an end to the spread of extreme Islamist ideology in France.


Fahmy said: “This is a bombshell investigation which shows how deeply the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood runs in French society.


“It is time the French government woke up to the reality of what is happening in French Muslim communities.


“An Islamist Trojan Horse has rolled into towns, villages and cities across France, and if law-makers do not act soon, a new generation of home-grown terrorists will be ready to carry out more of the kinds of atrocities that have shocked the world and broken the hearts of French people.


“France must be steadfast in promoting its own brand of modern, inclusive Islam which can heal the wounds of the past and bring communities together.


“Expelling the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood will be the first step towards achieving this.”




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About The Investigative Journal

The Investigative Journal (TIJ) conducts in-depth research, timely analysis and original journalism to promote human rights causes, and the fundamentals of democracy. The content of the published videos and investigations on the TIJ site are provided through open-source research, analysis, and first-hand


field investigations prepared by experts, scholars, award-winning investigative journalists and filmmakers from various countries and backgrounds. The journal has offices in London, UK, with affiliates in Vancouver, Canada and Washington, DC.



Mohamed Fadel Fahmy is an Egyptian-Canadian award-winning journalist and author. Fahmy has worked extensively in the Middle East, mostly for CNN. He covered the Iraq War in 2003 for the Los Angeles Times and entered Iraq on the first day of the war. Upon completion of his one-year mission, he authored his first book, Baghdad Bound.


In 2007 he completed a one-year mission with the International Committee of the Red Cross, protecting the rights of political prisoners, the missing, and refugees in Beirut-Lebanon.


​In 2011 he won the Peabody award for his reporting with CNN for its coverage of the Arab Spring. The following year he won the Tom Renner investigative reporting award for producing the documentary Death in the Desert. The film was part of the CNN Freedom Project series that exposed the organized crime rings operating the illegal human trafficking of Sub-Saharan Africans to Israel through Sinai-Egypt. ​


He co-authored Egyptian Freedom Story, a photo documentary of the January 25 revolution of 2011. In September 2013, he accepted a new post as the Al Jazeera English Egypt Bureau Chief. Three months into the job, he was jailed with two colleagues for 438 days and unjustly accused of belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood group designated as terrorists and for allegedly fabricating news. He was pardoned in 2015 with the help of prominent British lawyer Amal Clooney. Upon his arrival to Vancouver, Mohamed Fahmy accepted a job offered to him while he was still in prison, as an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia and wrote a column for the Toronto Star.


In 2015, Mohamed co-founded the Fahmy Foundation for Free Press to help journalists imprisoned worldwide, and he is currently a member of the Board of Directors for Canadian Journalists for Freedom of Expression. His new book The Marriott Cell, documenting his wrongful incarceration in Egypt for 438 days was published in Canada.


Mohamed is the recipient of numerous awards, including:

  • ​The Peabody Award with the CNN team for coverage of the Arab Spring
  • Tom Renner Investigative Reporting Award (2012)
  • The Royal Television Society Journalism Judges' Award
  • Freedom of Speech Award (International Association of Press Clubs)
  • Freedom to Read Award (Writers’ Union of Canada),
  • Canadian Commission World Press Freedom Award & UNESCO,
  • BC Civil Liberties Award for Human Rights