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France closed 20 mosques, prayer halls since December

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Muslim man reading the Quran in a mosqu

Muslim man reading the Quran in a mosque. Photo: Pixabay.


French authorities have closed around 20 mosques and prayer halls considered to be preaching radical Islam since December, according to the country’s interior minister. He went on to promise that “there will be others.”

“There is no place…in France for those who call for and incite hatred in prayer halls or in mosques, and who don’t respect certain republican principles, notably equality between men and women,” Bernard Cazeneuve said following a meeting with leaders of the French Council of the Muslim Religion on Monday, as quoted by AFP.

“That is why I took the decision a few months ago to close mosques through the state of emergency, legal measures or administrative measures. About 20 mosques have been closed, and there will be others,” he continued.

Full story: rt.com


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