French authorities close 20 mosques in crackdown on radical Islam
August 02, 2016
French officials have closed down 20 mosques in a campaign to eliminate the spread of Islamic radicalism.
”There is no place in France for those who call for an incited hatred in prayer halls and in mosques,” said interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve in announcing the move. He also disclosed that about 80 people have been expelled from France, and more deportations will follow.
There are roughly 2,500 Islamic mosques and prayer halls in France, of which perhaps 120 have been suspected of encouraging militant fundamentalism.
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