France Closes Three Mosques Calls Them PseudoReligious Associations

Taroudant – French authorities reportedly closed three mosques in France last week as part of an offensive against what they call “Islamic radicalization” as a result of the Paris attacks on November 13 that claimed the lives of 140 people and injured 350 others.A major police raid was conducted at a mosque in the town of Lagny-sur-Marne east of Paris on Wednesday resulting in the closing of three unlicensed mosques and the confiscation of some weapons, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said in a statement.Cazaneuve said “A large police contingent” closed one mosque in Lagny-sur-Marne, one in Gennevilliers in the northwest suburbs and another one in Lyon. The French official described the three mosques as “pseudo-religious associations.”Head Imam Hassan El Alaoui, who is in charge of nominating regional and local Muslim imams and in mediating between the imams and prison officials, told Al Jazeera that more mosques were set to be closed in the coming days.“According to official figures and our discussions with the Interior Ministry, between 100 and 160 more mosques will be closed because they are run illegally without proper licenses, they preach hatred, or use takfiri speech,” he said.The imam added that these mosque closures were made under “a legal act that the authorities have”, hailing the French move due to “Some illegal things that they found.”The French Interior Minister expressed his determination to proceed with plans to close down mosques “where hate is preached,” adding that any foreigner who preaches hate “will be deported,” and any mosque found guilty of  inciting terrorism would “be shut down.”

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