France forces closure of radical mosque for ‘promoting hate’

France’s Interior Minister has announced that authorities have taken action to close down a mosque on the south coast suspected of promoting a ‘radical form’ of Islam. The mosque, in the southern French department of Hérault, was ordered closed after a raid uncovered leaflets promoting hate. The Sète mosque, located on Rue de la Révolution, was ordered to be shut down on Wednesday until further notice.
A police raid had uncovered leaflets considered to be containing hate speech. Interior Minister Matthias Fekl said the “head of the mosque was preaching a radical ideology that called for discrimination, hatred, and animosity towards others”. The Ministry added that the mosque was “a regular meeting place worshippers with radical connections”. Since the Paris attacks in 2015 the French government has been under pressure to take a hard line against radical preachers.

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