Amid the ongoing drive against Muslims and their worship places, France has shut down one-third of 89 inspected mosques since November 2020, the French interior minister said. Prior to that, 650 places of Islamic worship were closed in the country for housing “Muslim extremists.”
The Islamic Information Gerald Darmanin told Le Figaro newspaper that before the “anti-separatism law” was enacted, 650 places were closed in the country for allegedly housing “extremists”, and 24,000 places were inspected by French police.
Darmanin stated that as a result of the inspections carried out in 89 mosques since November 2020 over radicalization allegations, one-third of them have been closed, adding they are taking action to close six more mosques in Sarthe, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Cote-d’Or, Rhone, and Gard regions.
Darmanin added they also opposed the construction of a mosque called “Eyup Sultan” in Strasbourg, which is affiliated with the Islamic Community National View (IGMG), despite the approval from local authorities.
Noting that five Muslim associations allegedly promoting the so-called “political Islam” have been closed so far, the minister said the separatism law allows them to do more than that.
There will be a total of 10 additional associations closed, with four of them closing in October, he said, adding bank accounts of 205 associations were confiscated and two imams were expelled.
“We spread terror among those who want to impose terror on us,” he said, adding that religious officials from abroad will not be able to come to the country starting 2023 and that he has instructed the governors not to renew the residence permits of those who are here.
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Darmanin said they do not renew residence cards of people sentenced for drug trafficking and domestic violence in the country.
France has limited the number of visas issued to Algerian, Tunisian, and Moroccan citizens in order to enable these countries to readmit their citizens deported by France, he said.