The CCMM was chaired from 1997 to 1998 by the Socialist deputy Alain Vivien. Before resigning to become president of the Interministerial Mission for the Fight against Sects (MILS), he hired his wife as executive director.
Patricia Vivien had an important role in the CCMM, and eventually had more power than the president himself, which raised problems within the association. Members and leaders resigned inclusing the president, JP Bousquet, who eventually brought the case to court. The CCMM was then placed under judicial supervision, from June to October 2001, to let the time to elect a new president.
Daniel Groscolas became president, then was replaced in 2008 by Jacques Miquel.
The CCMM was sometimes criticized, notably because of financial disclosure and the important role of Mrs Viven when his husband was president of the MIVLUDES, which led to a collusion between both associations. Priest Jean Vernette also criticized the association for the publication of its book entitled Dictionnaire des sectes which contains a list of cults, including some Catholic groups.
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