France likely to close over 100 mosques during emergency
Dec 3, Paris: France is likely to shut down up to 160 mosques in the coming months as a part of nationwide police operation under the state of emergency.
Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said that three mosques had been closed over the past two weeks, marking the first time France had taken such action against places of worship.
On Wednesday, police shut down a suspected radical mosque east of Paris and arrested the owner of a revolver found in related raids as part of the crackdown, he informed.
French authorities have placed a total of nine people under house arrest and banned another 22 from leaving the country. The assets of Imam
Mohamed Hammoumi, who ran the mosque and the cultural associations until he left to live in Egypt in 2014, were frozen in April, AFP reported.
The other two mosques closed last week were in Gennevilliers, northwest of Paris, and in the southeastern city of Lyon.
The crackdown would affect roughly four to six percent of the countries 2,600 total mosques. The move came following the November 13 attacks on Paris that left 130 people dead.
According to a report, there are a total of 2,600 mosques in France.
France has so far raided 2,235 homes and buildings, taken 232 people into custody and confiscated 334 weapons, 34 of them war grade, the interior minister said
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