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The Grand Mosque of Paris opened in 2013 in the fifth district and is one of the largest mosques in France.

The French government has shut down three mosques under emergency laws passed in the wake of the Nov. 13 terrorist massacre in Paris.

Those laws gave police sweeping new authority until February 2016, despite rights groups and politicians who expressed concerns about reports of police abuses of power.

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“Measures to close down mosques on the grounds of radicalization … have never been made by any previous government, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve noted in his briefing with media on Wednesday.

He added that police have carried out 2,235 raids across France since the massacre; 334 weapons were seized, including 24 military-grade assault weapons.

The criticism was dismissed by the Interior Minister, however. “It is terrorism, not the state of emergency, which threatens freedoms,” said Cazeneuve.

The multi-site attack by Da’esh (ISIS) operatives and suicide bombers claimed the lives of 130 victims and wounded 350 others.

One of the mosques that was closed is located in the eastern Paris suburb of Lagny-sur-Marne, according to France 24. During the process, nine people were placed on house arrest. Another 22 were banned from leaving the country.

“Police searches [there] turned up a 9mm caliber pistol, a hidden hard drive, documents and files on jihad and a life insurance policy subscribed in 2012,” Cazeneuve said, according to the RFI news outlet.

“The Council of Ministers will now dissolve these three pseudo-cultural organizations which used clandestine prayer rooms on the premises,” he added. Mosques in Lyon (in central eastern France) and Gennevilliers (near Paris) were also closed on grounds of spreading radicalism as well.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

31 COMMENTS

  1. That is wonderful good for them. When in doubt shout it out. That’s what I would do if I was there as well. They’ve had all the fun they can stand with the b*******. I don’t blame them! That would never happen here. Obama would never have it. But he’s trying to shut down church is all over the place and take the IRS and slams non-profit organizations. Never looks into it never has an investigation? But don’t you talk about Islam don’t you talk about Muslims don’t you talk about anything else to have to do with them or your the bad guy.

  2. As A Safety Requirement it is indeed Understanding, and those with sense can clearly understand and also make clear their determination to reject such ways that bring nothing but deaths to innocents.. & Thank you, for those you do protect and give rights to live… Merci La France.

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