PARIS – France has banned three Islamic associations that ran a mosque in the Paris area that was shut down following November’s jihadi 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 Nov. 13. The Islamic State group claimed the attacks.
“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.
The government’s spokesman Stephane Le Foll said after a cabinet meeting: “The fight against preachers of hate will be total.”
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.”