On October 27, 2020, Palestinian Islamic scholar Mraweh Nassar, the Secretary-General of the Jerusalem Committee of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, was interviewed on Channel 9 (Turkey). He said that the three reasons behind France's "hostility" towards Islam and the Prophet Muhammad is the fear of Islam spreading throughout Europe, a desire to distract Muslims from the Deal of the Century and Arab normalization with Israel, and the fact that French President Emmanuel Macron is "promoting a Zionist agenda" because his wife is related to the Rothschild family.
Interviewer: "What is the reason behind this specifically French hostility towards Islam and the Prophet Muhammad?"
Mraweh Nassar: "It boils down to three reasons. Firstly, it stems from the warnings from scientific circles in the world that the number of Muslims in France has reached 10 million, and that France is slated to become an Islamic country in 2030. There are warnings even from some Arab countries, and the latest one was issued by one of the sheikhs at Al-Azhar University, who said that 50% of Muslims in Europe are terrorists. He is throwing around accusations just like that.
"France and some other European countries have begun to fear that Islam is going to spread now. We can see that more than 350 mosques have been opened in what used to be churches. This is the first reason – they fear that Islam is spreading, and that these countries will become Muslim countries, because people are drawn to Islam's justice and logic. It is not a religion of terrorism, as they claim. The second reason is that they seek to distract the Muslims from the issues of normalization and the Deal of the Century.
"The third reason is that [Macron] has been hostile from the outset. It has been said that his wife is 20 years older than him, and that she is relative of Rothschild, the richest Jew. So he is promoting the Zionist agenda. He is consumed by enmity."