Görkem ŞEKEROĞLU -TDO- France has declared that 76 mosques accused of “separatism” could be closed as part of an effort to tackle religious extremism.
The French interior minister Gerald Darmanin vowed on Wednesday (2 Dec) to introduce “a massive and unprecedented” series of measures to combat terrorism, which includes the possible closure of nearly 80 mosques.
Darmanin said “76 mosques are now suspected of separatism. In the coming days, checks will be carried out on these places of worship. If ever these doubts are confirmed, I will ask for their closure” in a tweet he posted on Thursday. He also added that 66 undocumented migrants suspected of radicalisation had been deported from France.
Furthermore, the French government has abolished certain organisations including the Collective Against Islamophobia in France (CCIF), which it claims to have links to “radical” networks. This allegation has been rejected by the group.
The government’s actions come in the wake of several deadly terrorist attacks that have rocked France in recent months.