Renowned Middle Eastern affairs specialist Roland Lombardi said that French Muslim associations are affiliated with the organizations, which are directly or in some way funded by the Muslim Brotherhood and Qatar.
Lombardi, who was speaking at a seminar held by Center for Middle East Studies in Paris (CEMO), said these associations are supported by the human rights associations and a number of leftist organizations, in addition to the support of French journalists.
He added that the Muslim Brotherhood is pressuring to criticize those who decry extremism and anybody opposing their speech democratically. He pointed out that there are lawyers in France who take advantage of Western tolerance favoring these organizations that have been in France for years.
The seminar is organized on the sidelines of the G7 summit in Biarritz, a seaside town on the southwestern French Basque coast. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is attending the summit for the first time.
Mariam Benrand, a political violence specialist at the Arab and Islamic World Research and Studies Institute of the French Ministry of Higher Education, participates in the seminar. .
Renowned Middle Eastern affairs specialist Roland Lombardi is also participating, along with renowned researcher Joachim Veliocas.
The seminar is mediated by CEMO Executive Director Ahmed Youssef.