France Shuts Down Mosque For Preaching Against Homosexuality And Defending ‘Jihad’
France has ordered the closure of a mosque in the northern part of the country due to the radical nature of the imam’s preaching.
Authorities claimed the sermons there incited hatred, violence and “defend jihad.”
This is coming two weeks after Interior Minister, Gerald Darmanin, said he had triggered the procedure to close the site because the imam there “was targeting Christians, homosexuals and Jews” in his sermons.
This, the minister said, was “unacceptable.”
In a report by AFP, the mosque located in Beauvais, a town of 50,000 people, will remain shut for six months, according to the prefecture of the Oise region where Beauvais is located.
The crackdown came after the October 2020 murder of teacher Samuel Paty who was targeted following an online campaign against him for having shown controversial cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed published by the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo during a civics class.
The French government announced earlier this year that it would step up checks of places of worship and associations suspected of spreading radical Islamic propaganda.
The interior ministry said this month that around 100 mosques and Muslim prayer halls out of France’s total number of more than 2,600 have been investigated over recent months because of suspicion that they were spreading “separatist” ideology.
Six sites were being probed with a view to closing them down on the basis of French laws against extremism and Islamist separatism, it said.