Oct 1, 2019

Fight against sects: Miviludes will disappear

Fronton of the Ministry of the Interior place Beauvau © AFP / CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT
Ouafia Kheniche
October 1, 2019
France Inter

(Google Translation)

Information France Inter:
The interministerial Mission of vigilance and fight against sectarian aberrations (Miviludes), which no longer has a president for a year, will disappear. Its officials will be attached to the Ministry of the Interior.

When we call the Interministerial Mission of vigilance and fight against sectarian excesses (Miviludes), the phone rings in a vacuum. After a few minutes, you end up falling on the telephone switchboard of the Prime Minister to which the interministerial body is still attached today.

According to our information, the Miviludes, which was created in 2002, will disappear on January 1, 2020. The direction of Miviludes summoned several members of the mission Monday afternoon to announce to them that they would be attached to the ministry of Interior. "The Miviludes will be purely and simply dissolved in the Ministry of the Interior", confirms us an association that collaborates with the interministerial mission for many years.

In a royal ministry, a spokesman reports "rumors of merger or reorganization that circulate between Miviludes and the Interior." Contacted by France Inter, Georges Fenech, who chaired the mission from 2008 to 2012, confirms the end of the Miviludes in its current form." This is a disaster, and this decision is of terrible consequence, and this institution was envied by the world, " he says.

"Indeed the government has decided to attach Miviludes to the Ministry of the Interior", finally told us Tuesday a spokesman of the Ministry of the Interior without more details.

A mission that idles

The Miviludes is an interministerial mission instituted with the Prime Minister by presidential decree of November 28, 2002 . It "carries out an action of observation and analysis of the sectarian phenomenon, coordinates the preventive and repressive action of the public authorities against the sectarian excesses, contributes to the formation and the information of its agents and informs the public on the risks and dangers to which it is exposed", according to its website.

During its 17 years of existence, it has mainly published detailed annual reports on sectarian risks (including their relationship to the Internet, apocalyptic movements in 2012, drifts in vocational training, how sects target minors, etc.) and struggled at length with Scientology, "our toughest opponent," as his former president Serge Blisko once said, including a court-ordered conviction for "organized gang scam."

For several months, rumors rustling on the future of the interministerial mission and especially since the departure of its last president in activity. Serge Blisko retired in October 2018 and has not been replaced since. According to an associative actor who speaks on condition of anonymity, the activity is slow in the Miviludes. "Since a few weeks almost no one answers".

In May 2017, a report of the Court of Auditors already questioned the "fragilities" of the Miviludes and considered that its "operational character could be reinforced by a connection to the Minister of the Interior." The decision of this connection would have been been taken for the sake of economy and efficiency . Of the ten or so people currently working for the mission, only three would be attached to the ministry. For the moment, other employees do not know what they will become.

Fusion within the Ministry of the Interior

The government reportedly hesitated between two services of the Ministry of the Interior, according to one of our sources: the Interministerial Committee for the Prevention of Delinquency and Radicalization (CIPDR) or the office of worship. It will finally be with the CIPDR that Miviludes will be merged, after 25 years of existence, the legacy of a very first observatory of sectarian movements, created in 1996 by then Prime Minister Alain Juppé. It is for memory this interministerial mission which recently, for example, revealed the marketing of the patches supposed to "cure" the Alzheimer's disease , sold 1 500 euros pieces.

The fears of the associative actors

The former president of the mission Georges Fenech, president of the mission from 2008 to 2012 regrets this decision because he believes that the fight against sects and against radicalization are two different fights . "Certainly the sects are found in the religious world, but also in health, education, culture or the sports world," he says. In his eyes, to save money, we deprive ourselves of a fundamental tool and we do away with the fight against sects.

On their side, actors of the associative world that we contacted fear of not being able to accompany the victims correctly.


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