French Interior Minister Gérald Moussa Darmanin says the administration will monitor dozens of mosques and places of worship on suspicion of extremist teachings.
The surveillance is part of a crackdown on extremism in France following the attacks.
According to the French news agency AFP, Gerald Dermanin told local radio station RTL that the 76 places of worship that were being monitored would be closed if any of them were involved in promoting extremism. Will go
Gerald Darmanin did not specify which places of worship would be monitored, but in a note sent to regional security chiefs, he listed 16 addresses in the Paris region and 60 in other parts of the country.
“The fact is that some of the approximately 2,600 Muslim places of worship in France are suspected of promoting extremist ideologies, and we are far from a situation of large-scale extremism,” the right-wing minister said.
He said that almost all Muslims in France respect the country’s laws and have been harmed by extremism.
Two days ago, Gerald Dermann said on Twitter that the mosques were suspected of being “separatist”, a term used by French President Emmanuel Macron for ultra-conservative Muslims, who he said distanced themselves from French society. That is, they send their children to secret Muslim schools and force their daughters to wear veils.
It should be noted that on October 16, a teacher who showed blasphemous sketches in his class in France was beheaded.
Later, on October 29, three people were stabbed to death in a church in the city of Nice.
It is believed that the assassination of teacher Samuel Petty shocked the whole of France and was considered an attack on the country.
The administration has since cracked down on dozens of Islamic associations, sports groups and charities on suspicion of promoting extremism, while several mosques have been closed.
In late November, Emmanuel Macron’s controversial implementation of the Charter of Republican Value on the Muslim community and its allocation of “identification numbers” exclusively to Muslim children sparked a new debate.
Emmanuel Macron has given the French Council of Muslim Faith (CFCM) a 15-day deadline to accept the charter.
In the name of curbing extremism, the charter includes measures that would ban home-based education and provide identification numbers for school-going children to ensure their attendance and parents who break the law. Can face up to 6 months in prison and heavy fines.