Following a decision by the Ministry of the Interior, the prefect of Sarthe announced the closure of the Allonnes mosque near Le Mans. The authorities announced that they advocated “armed jihad, death as a martyr”.
Accused of legitimizing terrorism or resorting to armed jihad, the Allonnes mosque near Le Mans, which accommodates around 300 worshipers and a Koranic school, will be closed, the Sarthe prefecture announced on October 13.
“Two associations established in Allonnes,” the Allonnaise Association for the Just Milieu “(AAJM) and” the Al Qalam Association “, manage a place of worship called the” Allonnes Mosque “, welcoming around 300 faithful”, explains the prefecture in a press release.
“According to the elements collected, sermons and the activity of this place of worship, frequented by individuals belonging to or close to the radical Islamist movement, legitimize the use of armed jihad, death as a martyr, the commission of acts of terrorism and the use of violence, hatred and discrimination as well as the establishment of Sharia law, ”the statement continued.
At the request of the Minister of the Interior, the Prefect of Sarthe initiated a procedure to close this place of worship
This place also houses a Koranic school “welcoming about 110 children in front of whom armed jihad was valued and which therefore constitutes a place of indoctrination”, according to the same source.
Also, “under the terms of the law, all of these facts constitute statements made, ideas and theories disseminated, or activities inciting violence, hatred or discrimination, causing the commission of acts of terrorism or condoning such acts ”.
“In view of these elements, at the request of the Minister of the Interior, the Prefect of Sarthe initiated a procedure for closing this place of worship,” the press release concludes.
This decision follows the statements of the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin in the columns of the Figaro end of September. He announced that he had initiated proceedings to close six places of worship and dissolve several associations, all suspected of propagating radical Islamism, located in Sarthe, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Côte-d’Or, in the Rhône or in the Gard.
This October 13 at the end of the morning, Gérald Darmanin relayed the information on his Twitter account. “On my instruction, the prefect of Sarthe initiated the closing of the Allonnes mosque, near Le Mans. The sermons advocate in particular “the use of armed jihad, death as a martyr, the commission of acts of terrorism and the use of violence,” “he wrote.
On my instruction, the prefect of Sarthe initiated the closing of the Allonnes mosque, near Le Mans. The sermons advocate in particular “the use of armed jihad, death as a martyr, the commission of acts of terrorism and the use of violence” .https: //t.co/tKhzJZ4NPZ
– Gerald DARMANIN (@GDarmanin) October 13, 2021
Contacted by AFP, the mayor of Allonnes Gilles Leproust (PCF) said he had been informed by the prefect “of an administrative search yesterday morning (Tuesday) in the mosque”.
“I am surprised because I had no warning from the competent service on a situation as it is described [dans le communiqué de la préfecture]. I have never had particular elements alerting me to such or such behavior or such or such declaration of proselytism, ”added the elected Communist, mayor since 2008.
“As mayor, I do not want to communicate on a file in which I have no information,” said Gilles Leproust, stressing that there was a mosque in his town for “several decades”.
Regarding his town which has about 11,000 inhabitants and which is located in the metropolis of Le Mans, the mayor, who is also secretary general of the Association of town and suburbs of France, recalled that 50% of the town was in priority district.