A mosque in northern France has been shut down after the government determined that the place of worship was “inciting hatred” against Christians and Jews, as well as gay people.
Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin announced earlier this month that his administration was in the process of shutting down the mosque. The mosque was accused of hosting a regular speaker that pushed its members toward violent radicalization, according to translations provided by EuroNews.
Darmanin claimed that the mosque’s speaker was “presented as an occasional speaker but who, in reality, acts as a regular imam.” He reportedly made comments to the congregation that “glorify jihad and the fighters, whom he describes as heroes.”
A lawyer for the nongovernmental organization Espoir et Fraternité (French for “Hope and Fraternity”), which operates the mosque, told journalists that the NGO would be filing a countermeasure with the courts within 48 hours.