Ahmed Orgas owes his career in France’s Islamic organizations to members of his family who have close links to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).
The majority of Turkish expats in France are supporters of the pro-Islamist Justice and Development Party.
“Ahmed Orgas stands up for the interests of his fellow Turks living in France. He made a number of very disturbing statements during his recent appearances on TV, saying that Manuel Valls was a sick man to appoint Jean-Pierre Chevenement to the head of the French Islamic Foundation. He also advocates the use of headscarves by Muslim women. In August 2016 he told France 24 that France had made itself a laughing stock after several of its mayors banned the use of burkinis,” Joachim Veliocas told Sputnik France.
He also said that Ahmed Orgas angrily slams Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine for lampooning the Prophet Muhammad.
“He has no idea what the French Republic is all about, that it is a country where caricatures are an old tradition and blasphemy is not a crime,” Veliocas continued.
“We are going to have someone heading the Council who wants to integrate the Union of Islamist Organizations of France with Muslim Brotherhood, a man who says that foreign financing is good and that if Russia is financing an Orthodox center in Paris, there is no reason why Qatar should not be allowed to do the same,” he added.
He mentioned the strong influence President Erdogan has on members of France’s Muslim community.
The multiple deadly terrorist attacks of the past two and a half years have piled pressure on the government to search for new ways to confront the grim challenge they now face: radicalized Muslim youth.
One of his ideas to tackle the problem is a proposed temporary ban on all donations from abroad to French mosques, which are generally believed to be a factor fueling the spread of radical Islam in France.