PARIS—French authorities have utilized sweeping emergency powers instated given that the Nov. 13 terror assaults to shut down four mosques suspected of nurturing Islamist radicalization, France’s inside minister mentioned Wednesday.
The closures qualified what Inside Minister Bernard Cazeneuve referred to as “preachers of detest, self-proclaimed pseudo-imams and cultural pseudo-associations contacting for hatred.”
In Wednesday raids at the homes of the leaders of a mosque in Lagny-Sur-Marne, 22 miles east of Paris, authorities discovered a 9-millimeter revolver, documents about jihad and an encrypted challenging drive, he said.
Investigators are also making use of powers granted underneath France’s state of unexpected emergency to prohibit the motion of folks suspected of currently being radicalized. Pursuing the dawn raids in Lagny-Sur-Marne, authorities banned 22 people from leaving the country and confined 9 of them to their houses.
The sweep was component of the government’s substantial protection crackdown in the months since coordinated attacks on the streets of Paris still left 130 men and women useless and hundreds wounded. Because President François Hollande declared a point out of unexpected emergency the evening of the assaults, law enforcement have conducted much more than 2,two hundred raids on homes and companies, detained 232 individuals and seized 334 weapons, such as 34 navy weapons.
The other mosques shut considering that the declaration of a state of crisis are in Great, Lyon and Gennevilliers, a northwestern Paris suburb, Mr. Cazeneuve explained. “We will be absolutely company in opposition to all people who preach loathe in France,” Mr. Cazeneuve told lawmakers.
In spite of the raids, French officers have cautioned towards concluding that mosques in France are hotbeds for radicalization. “We must not lower ties with loyal Muslims of excellent faith,” Lagny-Sur-Marne’s mayor, Jean-Paul Michel, mentioned on French television channel BFMTV.
Authorities warn that on-line forums, as well as the country’s prisons are a deeper supply of worry. “The real truth is, it’s not genuinely in the mosques that it is occurring,” Key Minister Manuel Valls informed a team of international journalists previous 7 days.
In Lagny-Sur-Marne, the mosque that was closed experienced extended existed with out any official legal rights before regional officers started developing relations with it over the previous 18 months, Mr. Michel stated. The police investigation will figure out whether any radical aspects continue being, he said.
French law enforcement already experienced been watching the Lagny-Sur-Marne mosque.
In April this 12 months, the French federal government froze the property of 1 of the mosque’s previous leaders, Mohamed Hammoumi, on allegations of inciting terrorism and indoctrinating and recruiting all around 10 volunteers to be part of jihad in Syria. Mr. Hammoumi still left France for Egypt in December 2014.
—Gráinne McCarthy contributed to this report.
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