France has ordered three Islamic associations that ran a mosque in the Paris area shut down following November’s terrorist attacks on the capital, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Wednesday.

The mosque at Lagny-sur-Marne was closed in early December as part of a huge security crackdown after 130 people were killed in a coordinated series of shootings and suicide bombings in Paris on November 13. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attacks.

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“There is no place in the French Republic for groups which incite, and which call for terrorism or call for hate,” Cazeneuve said as he announced the decision on Wednesday.

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The government’s spokesman Stephane Le Foll said after a cabinet meeting: “The fight against preachers of hate will be total.”

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He said the three banned groups “were clearly taking action to incite jihad”.

The main group was is called “Retour aux Sources”, which loosely translates as “Back to our roots”.

(AFP)


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