French Interior Minister: We were able to close only 17 mosques with the current laws

French Interior Minister: We were able to close only 17 mosques with the current laws

Darmanin answered the questions of the parliamentarians in the commission in the senate.

Stating that 89 of 2,500 Muslim places of worship in France are suspected of being related to separatism, Darmanin made the assessment that this rate is less than the current number.

Darmanin noted that they found this ground, including “violations of the security rules that public institutions must comply with” in order to close 17 of them.


Stressing that the laws are tied up, Darmanin said, “You ask me what you are doing. Republic laws do not allow me to close these places of worship. The regulations we offer you (the draft law) allow the Minister of Internal Affairs to close them tomorrow.”

Darmanin pointed out that the current laws in France allow the Minister of the Interior to close the places of worship for only 2 reasons, and stated that the first of these can only be applied when a direct connection with a terrorist attack is detected, and the second one can be applied if they do not meet the conditions required by public institutions.

Darmanin, who claimed that the Pantin Mosque was closed for this reason, stated that they were in a difficult situation because the current laws do not allow more.


On the other hand, a protest was held in the capital Paris, under the leadership of the “Separatist” Anti-Draft Law Coordination, while the Minister of Interior and the relevant ministers were in the commission in the senate.

Numerous representatives of non-governmental organizations gathered in front of the Senate and the victims of the “separatist” bill and human rights defenders protested Islamophobia in France.

The demonstrators called for the draft to be withdrawn, saying that the French media ignored this situation that Muslims would be the biggest victims of the bill.


The bill, which was announced by President Emmanuel Macron in France as an “Islamist separatist” bill on October 2, 2020 and changed its name to “Principles Strengthening Respect for Republican Laws” was adopted in the lower house of the parliament on February 16.

The draft law was criticized by the international community and non-governmental organizations, especially the United Nations, on the grounds that it targets and alienates Muslims.

A large number of demonstrations were held in France against the bill to be discussed in the senate at the end of March.

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