The mosque in the town of Beauvais, north of Paris, which has not even officially begun its work, will not be able to open for the next six months. Hundreds of Muslims who gathered near the unfinished building will no longer be able to listen to sermons, the content of which the police authorities did not like.
The mosque in Beauvais echoed the fate of many other Islamic places of worship under the scrutiny of law enforcement because of suspicions of supporting radical sentiment and terrorism. The French Interior Ministry reports that in recent months, “inspections have been conducted at 99 places of worship across the country, 21 of which have been closed, and a decision on another six will be made shortly.”
The closures of mosques and prayer rooms involve suspending their activities for up to six months. After that, the community, to which the mosque belongs, can nominate a new imam, the police will conduct another inspection, and only then the establishment can start working again.