The French government announced it is set to close down 76 mosques suspected of “separatism” and deport migrants suspected of “radicalization.”
French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin announced that their government is set to close down 76 mosques suspected of “separatism” and deport migrants suspected of “radicalization.”
The crackdown was reportedly a response to the multiple attacks last October attributed to Islamists, including the beheading of teacher Samuel Paty.
“In the coming days, checks will be carried out on these places of worship. If ever these doubts are confirmed, I will ask for their closure,” said Darmanin.
Darmanin said the 76 mosques out of the more than 2,600 others had been flagged as possible threats to France’s secularism and security.
“There are in some concentrated areas places of worship which are clearly anti-Republican [where] imams are followed by the intelligence services and where the discourse runs counter to our values,” explained Darmanin.
Under the crackdown, suspected mosques will have French state inspectors examining the financing, the imams’ connections, and possible Koranic schools for young children.
Despite the announcement, the names, and locations of the mosques were not disclosed to the public.
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