The Interministerial Mission for vigilance and the fight against sectarian aberrations (Miviludes) was warned “by several reports” she specifies, this Wednesday, of the holding of a festival called ” night of philosophy », from November 14 to 19, 2022, in seven major French cities (Avignon, Biarritz, Bordeaux, Lyon, Paris, Rouen, Strasbourg). The New Acropolis, presented as a cultural association, would play the role of both participant and organizer.
The festival aims to be “an original initiative to share with as many people as possible varied access to the wisdom contained in philosophy” through conferences, practical philosophy workshops, philosophy café, etc. Last year around 400 people took part in the first edition, in Lyon.
This movement is already known to government services and “has been the subject of 27 referrals since 2020”. “Founded in 1957 in Argentina, it was established in France in 1973 in the form of an association law 1901”, specifies to 20 minutes the communication department of the interministerial committee for the prevention of delinquency and radicalization (CIPDR), which oversees Miviludes. The New Acropolis defines itself on its website as “a global network that offers self-training and projects to facilitate the transition to a new and better world”, in particular through philosophy courses and sports and artistic activities.
“I am aware of the rumors about New Acropolis which already took part last year in Lyon in a colloquium of philosophers which was very successful. The various contacts and information that I had gave me a very positive feedback on this association, far from the negative description that is made of it”, reacts to 20 minutes Laleh Tavassoli, coordinator of La Nuit de la Philosophie for the New Acropolis in Bordeaux.
By offering courses and a perspective of awakening to spirituality, the group seems to be targeting student circles in particular, believes the CIPDR. “Practices inspired by fascism and esoteric beliefs would also be put forward. The history of humanity would, for example, be divided into five key stages, the ultimate being the advent of the “white race”. These notions of race and spiritual levels of the New Acropolis would be hidden behind the humanist and secular rhetoric of the movement”, specifies the CIPDR, in the light of several testimonies.
Former followers speak of highly hierarchical organization, manipulation techniques, the process of breaking with relatives who do not share the group’s ideology, professional disengagement and aggressive proselytism. “Fragile personalities have been targeted and made dependent with the aim of taking advantage of their resources (services, money, availability, etc.)”, reports the CIPDR.
Sects are not prohibited in France but Miviludes calls for great vigilance with regard to the activities offered by this “association”.
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