President Francois Hollande did not repeal the burqa and street prayer bans (yet). And he vowed to combat Muslim antisemitism toward French Jews. But actions speak louder than words, as we can see by the Socialists’ core Islamic-centric policies: (1) Fast-tracking more mega-mosques (2) Giving Muslim illegal immigrants the right to vote.
Gatestone The Socialist government in France has inaugurated a new mega-mosque in Paris as a first step towards “progressively building a French Islam.” Thanks to ideology and political expediency, the French Socialist Party is increasingly inclined to accommodate Muslim demands.
During his election campaign, Hollande offered an amnesty to all the estimated 400,000 illegal Muslim immigrants in France. He also pledged to change French electoral laws so Muslim residents without French citizenship would be allowed to vote in municipal elections as of 2014.
The new mosque, located in the northern Paris suburb of Cergy-Pontoise, is not only vast in its dimensions, but is also highly visible and symbolic: its towering minaret, which has purposely been designed to change the suburb’s skyline by being taller than any church steeple in the neighborhood, is supposed to become the “new symbol of Islam in France.”
Soeren Kern at the Hudson NY has some very scary info on the increase of Islam in France: Islamic mosques are being built more often in France than Roman Catholic churches, and there now are more practising Muslims in the country than practising Catholics. Nearly 150 new mosques currently are under construction in France, home to the biggest Muslim community in Europe.
It is now political payback time, and the mosque at Cergy is one of at least 150 new mosque projects that the Socialist government has pledged to support. Speaking on behalf of President Hollande at the inauguration ceremony of the mosque in Cergy, French Interior Minister Manuel Valls articulated the Socialist government’s policy vis-à-vis the construction of new mosques in France. He declared: “A mosque, when it is erected in the city, says a simple thing: Islam has its place in France.”
The Socialist Mayor of Cergy, Dominique Lefebvre, has actively worked to make the mosque project a reality by circumventing French laws on secularism. Under his leadership the town council agreed to provide the mosque with a lease of land at very low rent for a term of 99 years. The town council also agreed to provide the mosque with a bank guarantee so it could obtain a €2.5 million loan for construction.
Separately, a French appeals court has granted permission for the construction of a mega-mosque in the southern city of Marseille, home to the largest Muslim community in France.
The ruling, which overturns an October 2011 decision by a lower court to annul the construction permit for the mosque, represents a major victory for proponents of the mosque, long touted as the biggest and most potent symbol of Islam’s growing place in France.
The €22 million ($27 million) project would have the Grand Mosque — boasting a minaret soaring 25 meters (82 feet) high, and room for up to 7,000 worshippers in a vast prayer hall.
This report explains the symbiotic relationship between Muslims and Socialists in France.
In October 2011, the French newspaper La Marseillaise published extracts of a leaked intelligence report about the rise of Islam in Marseille, which is now home to some 250,000 Muslims.
The confidential seven-page document, drafted by domestic intelligence in the French region of Bouches-du-Rhône in March 2011, warns against construction of the grand mosque: “This building would dominate an entire part of the city…it would be visible from most of the surrounding main roads…the mosque is generally considered aggressive to the point where a local referendum on the matter would give results at least equivalent and perhaps more pronounced than the voting organized in the Swiss confederation last year [the Swiss vote to ban minarets].”
The report also states that although “the number of individuals [in Marseille] who have been radicalized to the point of supporting the jihadists is relatively low, Islamic fundamentalism has progressed to the point where it has won over the majority of the Muslim population.”
It just goes to show that violence and terrorism works, when it comes to Muslims getting their way in France.
Every year, on New Years Eve and sometimes around Bastille Day, well over a thousand cars are torched by rioting Muslim youths Most media only refer to them as “youths.” French media coverage of this was banned by Sarkozy two years ago, so people outside of France have no idea that these annual summer Muslim riot fests are still going on. Most of the videos of “Paris Burning” have been scrubbed from the internet.
Here’s one of the few videos remaining on Youtube of the Muslim riots in Paris.