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France baseless investigation of mosques continues


French president unveils proposals to rid France of what authorities call 'parallel society’ of radical Muslims


French authorities have ordered an inspection of dozens of mosques and halls of worship based on possible links to extremism. French government is taking strict actions against all Muslims living the country and worldwide it is called discrimination.

Announcing the crackdown, Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said mosques would be closed if they were found to encourage “separatism”.

French president unveils proposals to rid France of what authorities call 'parallel society’ of radical Muslims

This comes a week after a law was introduced to combat extremism. It comes in response to attacks blamed on Islamic extremists. These include the brutal beheading of teacher Samuel Pati.

According to French media, Gerald Darmanin said in a note sent to the heads of regional security that there would be special checks and surveillance on 76 mosques and prayer halls, 16 of which are located in the Paris area. He has ordered immediate action against 18 of them. These inspections are starting from Thursday.

In a tweet, he called it a “huge and unprecedented act of counter-terrorism. State inspectors will inspect their financial support, the imam’s contacts, and possibly schools teaching the Qur’an to children. The powers of Interior Minister Darmanin have been undermined in recent days by a proposed law on police abuse and the protection of police officers’ identities in France.

‘Muslims do not have large-scale extremism’ There are a total of 2,600 places of worship in France, and inspecting 76 places of worship is no big deal. The interior minister says the facts are that there is no widespread extremism among Muslims in France.

“Almost all Muslims in France respect the laws of the republic and are saddened by this (extremism),” he said. The beheading of Samuel Pati and the stabbing of three people at a cathedral near Nice have sparked outrage in France. On social media, some people played the role of showing controversial sketches of the Prophet of Islam in a Patti class.

A French high court has ordered the closure of the Great Mosque of Pantone for six months because of a video condemning Pati. The mosque is located in a low-income area on the outskirts of the capital, Paris. State secularism is central to France’s national identity. According to him, public places, be they classrooms, workplaces or ministries, should be completely free from religion.

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