Gérald Darmanin announced Thursday, November 19 that he had notified his officials of the dissolution of the Collective against Islamophobia in France (CCIF), which he accused after the assassination of Samuel Paty of being a “Islamist pharmacy working against the Republic”. In a tweet, the Minister of the Interior clarified that the association’s officials had “now eight days to make their observations known”.
In accordance with the instructions of the President of the Republic and the Prime Minister, I notified the CCIF officials of the intention to initiate the dissolution of their structure. They now have 8 days to make their observations.
– Gérald DARMANIN (@GDarmanin) November 19, 2020
The dissolution of the CCIF was announced by the government in the wake of the beheading, on October 16, of Samuel Paty, professor of history and geography at a college in Conflans-Saint-Honorine (Yvelines).
In a tweet, the collective argued on Thursday that “yielding to the calls of the extreme right, the Minister of the Interior notified to the CCIF a project of dissolution without object” because the organization has “already deployed a large part of its activities abroad”, as well as “its head office”.
“He will continue to provide legal assistance to people who are victims of Islamophobia and will inform international bodies of the state of play in the fight against discrimination and for equality in France”, added the collective.
Since the beheading of Samuel Paty by a radicalized 18-year-old Chechen, the government has made a direct link between “radical Islamism” and “terrorism”.