(116.) "Discourse of Nicolas Sarkozy in UOIF
Congress," Religioscope, (April 2003), retrieved from https://www.religion.info/2003/04/21/document-musulmans-de-france-discours-de-nicolas-sarkozy-au-bourget/.
Participants at the gathering -- which while organised by the UOIF
, a group close to the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood, ranged from liberal to ultra-conservative -- denounced violence committed in the name of Islam.
"We regret that the UOIF
has also chosen to invite Tariq Ramadan, a Swiss national, whose positions and statements are against the republican spirit, which does not do any service to France's Muslims."
, one of three Muslim federations in France, is regarded as close to Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood.
There are, of course, exceptions such as the UOIF
, which still mobilises although its influence is restricted to "communitarian" events.
(77.) Faysal Mawlawi, al-usus al-shariyya lil-alaquat bayna al-muslimin wa ghayr al-muslimin (Paris: UOIF
Le Bourget, organized by the Union of Islamic Organizations in France (UOIF
), the biggest Muslim body in France, is considered the biggest Muslim convention in Europe.
In the April 2003 elections, the FNMF and the UOIF
(which many French believed was linked to the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood) mobilized their congregations and captured the majority of seats.
Thanks to Muslim Brotherhood-linked organizations including the Union Des Organizations Islamiques De France (UOIF
) and the Jeunes Musulmans De France (JMF), they are taught a new set of rules of what is haram (allowed) and what is haram (forbidden).
Probably the single greatest concentration of such "hard-talking" rival voices to the state-supported GFCM is the Union of French Islamic Organizations (UOIF
), whose leadership maintains loose ties to transnational networks such as the Muslim Brotherhood of Munich and Switzerland, has a marked tendency to use Islamist rhetoric, and controls 250 mosques in some of the poorest and least assimilated Muslim communities in France.
First, NPNS issued a statement accusing the CNDF of being in league both with UEPT, because that group had supposedly signed the call to the march, and the conservative UOIF
, because that group had supposedly expressed the intention of joining the march.