Civitas France

Profile: Civitas France

1- Name of NGO:

Civitas France

2- Brief & Mission:

Civitas, also known as France Jeunesse Civitas and Institut Civitas, is an association generally considered to be a Traditionalist Catholic, integrist, nationalist, and of the extreme right formed in 1999. In 2016, Civitas announced a status change, from a cultural organization to a French political party. Civitas describes itself as a movement defending Christian values and principles. It opposes what it perceives as the erosion of traditional Catholic values in French society, including concerns about secularism and the influence of Islam. Group activities and rhetoric have frequently focused on criticizing and targeting Muslim communities in France.

It also propagates anti-Islamic sentiments and negative stereotypes about Muslims. They think France has built its history, its culture, its way of life on Christianity, and Islam has no place in French Culture and Civilization. 

3- Bias, Agenda & Motivation:

Civitas is known for its strong anti-Islam bias. The movement often promotes negative stereotypes about Islam and has been accused of promoting Islamophobia. Civitas influences public opinion through publishing articles and magazines in France by promoting anti-Islamic sentiments. Party believes that opening Muslim prayer rooms in Catholic schools will lead to an Islamic conquest of certain so-called Catholic schools. Civitas aims to defend and promote traditional Catholicism in France. It opposes what it sees as the growing influence of Islam, advocating for stricter immigration policies, the protection of Christian values, and the preservation of French cultural heritage. Its agenda includes promoting hate speech and contributing to the stigmatization of Muslims in France.

4- Links to Governments/Political Agenda:

Civitas is not directly linked to any government or political party. However, the movement has expressed support for certain far-right political figures and parties that align with its ideology. Its activities suggests that it has close to the far-right National Front and the rebel traditionalist Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX), and encouraged its members to join only Church-backed protests against the planned legalisation of same-sex marriage.

5- Sources of Funding:

Specific information about Civitas’ sources of funding is not readily available. Like many similar movements, it likely relies on donations from supporters, magazine fees, and premium subscriptions of its articles. 

6- Activities:

Civitas publishes articles, opinion pieces, and researches that focus on criticizing Islam. It also organizes events and conferences to express its opposition to muslims community.

Civitas came to public attention in 2011, in Paris, when it demonstrated for several consecutive evenings in opposition to the performance of some plays, at the Théâtre de la Ville, performance was interrupted by militants who climbed on stage and threw eggs and waste oil over the audience, which they judged blasphemous. The party’s website in its articles also criticized the ottoman empire. The movement also uses social media and its website to disseminate its views and mobilize its supporters.

7- NGO Leadership:

Current president, is Alain Escada, a Belgian militant of the extreme right with a background of Traditionalist Catholicism and Belgian nationalism,

8- Controversy:

“Islam and Catholicism are totally incompatible religions that cannot coexist” slogan promoted by the Civitas. Civitas has been involved in controversies related to Islamophobia. Critics argue that the movement’s rhetoric and activities contribute to the stigmatization and discrimination of Muslims in France. Legal actions and complaints have been filed against Civitas in the past.

9- Contact Details:

  • Website: https://www.civitas-institut.com/
  • Address: France
  • Email:  secretariat@civitas-parti-catholique.com

10- Classification/Blacklist:

While Civitas has faced criticism and controversy, there is no widely recognized or official classification or blacklist specifically targeting the movement.

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