Nine mosques have been closed, including eight for administrative reasons, announces Gérald Darmanin

The Minister of the Interior communicates on his action. Nine prayer rooms or mosques have been closed in recent weeks in France, including eight for administrative reasons, said Gerald Darmanin on Friday, before the start of the parliamentary debate on the bill. “reinforcing the republican principles”, scheduled for January.

“Among the 18 places of worship which were particularly watched at my request, 9 were able to be closed”, he wrote on Twitter. “We are taking determined action against Islamist separatism”, added the minister, who announced on December 2 a “massive action” and controls “76 mosques”.

Of the eight prayer rooms and mosques closed for administrative reasons, five were closed for non-compliance with safety standards. They are located in Montmagny, Goussainville (Val-d’Oise), Thiers (Puy-de-Dôme), Villeneuve-Saint-Georges (Val-de-Marne) and Pré-Saint-Gervais (Seine-Saint-Denis) , said the entourage of the minister to AFP, confirming information from Figaro.

Three other mosques were closed “for various reasons”, added the entourage. In particular in Sevran (Seine-Saint-Denis) where a closing decree was taken for a room which “had reconstituted”, just like in Bobigny (Seine-Saint-Denis) for a “room not declared”, said the entourage.

The minister includes in his count the mosque of Pantin, closed in November for six months, in particular for having relayed a video which had implicated Samuel Paty before his assassination. Other mosques, in Lunel (Hérault) and Marseille, have also been the subject of “legal procedures” and of “tax audits”, said the entourage.

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