Union of French Islamic Organisation
Following a controversy, this year’s conference by the Union of French Islamic Organisations in Bourget (Seine St-Denis) refrained from inviting the Egyptian celebrity preacher Yousself al-Qaradawi who is closely associated with the Muslim Brotherhood. The appeasement politics played by the organizers follows last year’s French Presidential election campaign during which the event became the spotlight for the polemics of French security and identity politics. This year’s speakers list was accordingly altered and toned down in order to prevent potential controversy.
The event, which is comparable to the World Catholic Youth Day, covered the Easter bank holidays and was attended on its opening day alone by over 160.000 people.