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France against Islam & Muslims
By:Hose Clout, France
Date: Friday, 4 December 2020, 6:11 pm

France: 76 mosques face closure, 66 migrants deported

As part of gov’t crackdown on ‘separatism’, mosques to be inspected as dozens suspected of ‘radicalisation’ deported.
France is home to the largest Muslim minority population in Europe and some fear being collectively punished after a series of attacks in recent months [File: Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images]
France is home to the largest Muslim minority population in Europe and some fear being collectively punished after a series of attacks in recent months [File: Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images]
3 Dec 2020
The French government launched a “massive and unprecedented” wave of measures to combat what it calls religious “extremism”, targeting 76 mosques suspected of “separatism”.
Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin on Thursday tweeted his interview with RTL radio, writing: “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.”
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He also said 66 undocumented migrants suspected of “radicalisation” had been deported.
President Emmanuel Macron’s government has responded to several deadly attacks in recent weeks with a promise to crack down on what Darmanin has said is “the enemy within”.
Darmanin said 76 mosques out of the more than 2,600 Muslim places of worship had been flagged as possible threats to France’s Republican values and its 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,” he said.
The inspections to be carried out are part of a response to two gruesome attacks that particularly shocked France – the beheading of a teacher who showed his pupils cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed and the stabbing to death of three people in a church in Nice.
Darmanin did not reveal which places of worship would be inspected. In a note he sent to regional security chiefs, seen by AFP news agency, he listed 16 addresses in the Paris region and 60 others around the country.
The minister said the fact only a fraction of the 2,600 Muslim places of worship in France were suspected of peddling radical theories showed “we are far from a situation of widespread radicalisation”.
“Nearly all Muslims in France respect the laws of the Republic and are hurt by that,” he said.

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Hose Clout, France -- Friday, 4 December 2020, 6:11 pm
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