France has closed another mosque for a 6-month period amid an ongoing assault against Muslims and their places of worship in the country.
The Al-farouk Mosque in Pessac district near bordeaux in southwestern France was closed for allegedly defending “radical islam” and “spreading salafist ideology,” officials said Monday.
A statement from the gironde governorate accused mosque authorities of giving sermons calling for non-compliance with French laws and legitimizing terrorist attacks.
It also accused them of spreading messages containing hate against Israel as well as supporting terrorist organizations or people who defend what they call “radical islam.”
In August, France’s highest constitutional authority approved a controversial “anti-separatism” law that has been criticized for singling out Muslims.
The bill was passed by the national assembly in july, despite strong opposition from lawmakers on opposite sides of the political spectrum.
Franch has since shut down almost 100 mosques.