Activists decry closure of mosques in France

    Activists decry closure of mosques in France

    Dec 4, Paris: Rights groups and activists have said that closing mosques in France will not prevent people from becoming radicalised and could heighten a sense of alienation among the Muslim minority.

    Some 160 more mosques are likely to be closed as part of the security campaign during state of emergency, according to French authority.

    At least three mosques have already been closed under France's extended emergency rule, which allows authorities to shut down places of worship that show a "pattern of radicalization,” media reports said.

    A French-Tunisian human rights activist said, "Experts have proven that terrorists do not come from organised communities."

    The move came after the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group claimed responsibility for attacks on November 13 in Paris which killed 130 people. It raised fears that Muslims would suffer retaliatory violence.

    Since November, France has raided 2,235 homes and buildings, taken 232 people into custody and confiscated 334 weapons, 34 of them war grade, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said on Wednesday.

    There are between 5.5 million and 6.2 million Muslims in France, roughly 7.6 per cent of total population.

    The Oslo Times


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