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Alpes-Maritimes. A mosque closed in Cannes due in particular to “anti-Semitic remarks”

Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin announced on Wednesday that he had “closed” a mosque in Cannes (Alpes-Maritimes) due in particular to “anti-Semitic remarks”.

“We are closing one of the mosques in Cannes because we blame it for anti-Semitic remarks, support for the CCIF (Collective against Islamophobia in France, editor’s note) and BarakaCity”, dissolved at the end of 2020, said the Minister of the Interior on Cnews, after “meeting” with the LR mayor of Cannes, David Lisnard.

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

Out of 2,500 Muslim places of worship “,” 70 radicalized places of worship “

In addition, the minister indicated that of the “more than 2,500 Muslim places of worship”, there were “70 radicalized places of worship”.

According to the Interior Ministry, France has 2,623 mosques and Muslim prayer rooms. Of this total, “21 places of worship are currently closed, due to administrative requirements, a judicial decision, a lease takeover, work or an administrative closure”, according to figures dating from the end of December. Five were “the subject of an instruction” for a possible closure, including that of Cannes.

At the end of December, the courts confirmed the closure of the Beauvais mosque for sermons by 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.

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