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    French Interior Ministry Shuts Down Mosques Near Paris for Spreading Radicalism

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    Four mosques were closed Wednesday in Paris suburbs after the Interior Ministry found they were used to promote radicalism.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — "Under the cultural pretext, these places housed meetings that actually promoted a radical ideology, which was counter to the Republic’s values and could present a serious risk to security and public order," the Ministry said in a statement.

    The closure was authorized by Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve under the law on a state of emergency, which allows shutting places of worship if they are used to incite hatred or violence.

    France has been on high security alert since a string of gun and bomb attacks by Islamists killed 130 people in Paris in November 2015. The state of emergency was prolonged until the end of next January, following a truck attack in the city of Nice, which claimed 84 lives.

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