French media is reporting that the Union des Organisations Islamiques de France (UOIF) has elected Ahmed Jaballah as its new President, replacing Fouad Alaoui who was elected to a four-year term in 2009 but has resigned his post. According to one report:
On Saturday June 4, The board of directors oft the Union of Islamic Organisations of France (UOIF) has designated Sheikh Ahmed Jaballah as president. He replaces Fouad Alaoui, elected for four years and who resigned in 2009. Sheikh Jaballah is a Professor of Islamic theology, graduated from the University of Zaitouna (Tunisia) and has a doctorate in Islamic studies from the Sorbonne, Ahmed Jaballah was director of studies at the European Institute of Humanities (IESH) Château–Chinon (Nièvre) that trains leaders of the Muslim faith. It was founded in 1999. IESH of Paris provides training in evening classes. Ahmed Jaballah is also a member of the European Council of Fatwa and Research (ECFR) and vice president of the Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe (FIOE).
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The UOIF is widely regarded as representing the Muslim Brotherhood in France. Fouad Alaoui and Lahj Breze took over the leadership of the UOIF in 1993 and were known as the “Bordelaise Clan”, a reference to the French town in which they met as students. They were generally regarded as more moderate than their predecessors Abdallah Ben Mansour and Ahmed Jaballah who are both serving as officers of the Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe (FIOE), representing the Muslim Brotherhood in Europe. Foud Alaoui is also a FIOE officer.
An earlier post reported that Jaballah was identified as a member of the “Meeting of Muslim Scholars and Thinkers”, an organizaton sponsored by the Saudi Muslim World League.