Rabat - Moroccan women are used in the French intelligence services to spy on Salafists, Moroccan daily Al Massae said in its weekend issue.
Rabat – Moroccan women are used in the French intelligence services to spy on Salafists, Moroccan daily Al Massae said in its weekend issue.
The report says that Moroccan women were far “more effective” than their French counterparts.
Women are regularly used to spy as part of a special division of the French Intelligence Service which has as its mission the monitoring of Salafist. This division monitors Salafist through wire-tapping, the analysis of data collected by spies, and the taking of material evidence from suspects.
The Salafi movement is widespread throughout the Islamic world. Those calling themselves Salafist dress more conservatively and practice the traditions and customs of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and his companions into the third or even fifth generation.
Salafist purist tend to shy away from politics and focus on simply studying the Quran, Sunnah and laws.
However, the French-Jewish scholar Gilles Kepel, coined the term “Salafi Jihadism” to describe those Salafi groups who started developing an interest in armed jihad in the mid-1990s. It is estimated that there are 10 million Muslim men and women worldwide who follow the Salafi path.
The report says the women live double lives and are trained not to disclose their connection with French intelligence services.
The effectiveness of these female spies has encouraged the French Intelligence service to recruit more women who have technical or religious studies background or have graduated from a major university.
Al Massae also reported that the French intelligence services have recruited more than 600 Moroccan and Algerians in the fight against Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and the Islamic State.