Created in 1983 as a federation of local Islamic associations. Receives financial assistance from the Muslim World League and private individuals in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and United Arab Emirates. Particularly active in the center and east of France. Its leaders are influenced by the ideology of Egyptian and Tunisian Islamist movements and seek to support local associations in managing religious and educational activities specifically tailored to the needs of Muslims living in France, such as children's holiday camps providing Quranic teaching. In 1991 the group created the first Muslim seminary in France to train imams. It seeks to improve knowledge of Islam among the French.