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France to Inspect Close to 80 Mosques for Extremist Links, Says Interior Minister

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Last Updated: December 04, 2020, 00:03 IST

File photo of French President Emmanuel Macron.

File photo of French President Emmanuel Macron.

President Emmanuel Macron's government has responded to several deadly Islamist attacks in recent weeks with a promise to crack down on what some public officials have called & the enemy within.

The French government will launch a “massive and unprecedented” wave of measures to combat religious extremism, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said on Wednesday, adding that one step would be to inspect 76 mosques.

Darmanin said in a statement on Twitter that some of the mosques could be closed as a result.

President Emmanuel Macron’s government has responded to several deadly Islamist attacks in recent weeks with a promise to crack down on what some public officials have called “the enemy within.”

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first published:December 03, 2020, 03:54 IST
last updated:December 04, 2020, 00:03 IST