January 18, 2022

Gérald Darmanin announces the closure of a mosque in Cannes due, in particular, to “anti-Semitic remarks”

The Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, announced Wednesday, January 12 on CNews to have ” firm “ a mosque in Cannes (Alpes-Maritimes) due, in particular, to “Anti-Semitic words”.

“We are closing one of the mosques in Cannes, because we blame it for anti-Semitic remarks, for supporting the CCIF [Collectif contre l’islamophobie en France] et BarakaCity », dissolved at the end of 2020, explained the Minister of the Interior after “To have spoken” with the LR mayor of Cannes, David Lisnard.

Associations “Islamists”, according to the minister, CCIF and BarakyCity were dissolved in the wake of the assassination of Samuel Paty in October 2020.

In addition, the Minister declared that on “More than 2,500 Muslim places of worship”, we were counting “70 radicalized places of worship”.

According to the Interior Ministry, France has 2,623 mosques and Muslim prayer rooms.

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Of this total, “21 places of worship are currently closed, due to administrative regulations, a court decision, a lease takeover, work or an administrative closure”, according to figures from the end of December.

Five were “The subject of an instruction” with a view to possible closure, including that of Cannes.

At the end of December, the courts confirmed the closure of the Beauvais mosque for the sermons of an imam, notably defending armed jihad.

The prefect of Oise had ordered a few days earlier the closure within 48 hours of this mosque – welcoming some 400 faithful – that the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, had accused in mid-December of attacking the “Republican model and France”.

At the end of October, it was the Allonnes mosque, near Le Mans, welcoming around 300 worshipers, which was closed for six months by prefectural decision because it was suspected of legitimizing armed jihad or terrorism during its sermons.

The World with AFP