France closes 20 more mosques in fresh assault on religious freedom

France closes 20 more mosques in fresh assault on religious freedom

In a fresh assault on religious freedom of Muslims, French government has closed at least 21 more mosques in the country, accusing them of so-called “promoting extremism”.

France’s Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, appearing on the French television LCI on Sunday, said “21 mosques that showed signs of extremism” had been closed in the country.

The minister said they recently carried out raids at 99 mosques on “suspicion of extremism”, and closed 21 of the mosques in question while the process of closing 6 others was underway.

Darmanin further claimed that these steps were taken on the basis of the so-called “separatist” law. 

He said 36 mosques were left open “because they did not contradict the laws of the Republic,” while other mosques were stopped from receiving external funding and the prayer leader of one of the mosques was dismissed on suspicion of extremism.

The move is seen as yet another…

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