France Decision to close mosque due to ‘unacceptable’ preaching

France’s interior minister has said he has begun the process of closing the mosque for six months because of the “radical preaching” of a mosque imam.
This France Decision to close mosque due to 'unacceptable' preaching
French Interior Minister Gerald Dormann leaves after attending the weekly cabinet meeting at the Elysee Presidential Palace in Paris on December 8, 2021 (AFP)


The French interior minister said on Tuesday that he had begun the process of closing the mosque for six months because of the radical preaching style of a mosque imam.

Gerald Dormann told the C-News TV channel that he had begun the process of closing the mosque in the 50,000-strong city of Boeing, about 100 kilometers north of Paris, because of “unacceptable” preaching. He said the imam of the mosque was “targeting Christians, homosexuals, and Jews” in his sermons.

Authorities in the Waz area (where Boye is located) have already announced that they are considering closing the mosque because of the sermons, which they claim contained hatred, violence, and “jihad.” The defense has been provoked.

A Vaz Prefecture (Center) official told AFP that a letter announcing the plan last week stated that a 10-day period was required to gather information before any action could be taken. According to the local daily Courier Packard, the imam of the mosque had recently converted to Islam

The newspaper quoted a lawyer for the association that manages the mosque as saying that his comments were taken “out of context” and that the imam had been suspended from his post following a letter from the prefecture. Is.

Dormann announced earlier this year that France would step up its investigation into places of worship and associations suspected of spreading “radical Islamic propaganda”.

According to the Interior Ministry, 99 of France’s 2623 mosques and Muslim prayer halls have been searched in recent months for allegedly spreading “separatist” ideology.

A total of 21 were shut down for various reasons, and six were being investigated under French law against extremism.

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