1/13/16, "France bans three 'radical' Islamic groups after attacks," AFP, Paris
"France has banned three Islamic associations which ran a mosque in a
Paris area shut down following November's jihadist attacks, Interior
Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Wednesday.
The mosque at
Lagny-sur-Marne was closed in early December as part of a huge security
crackdown after 130 people were killed in a coordinated series of
shootings and suicide bombings in Paris on November 13. The Islamic
State group claimed the attacks.
"There is no place in the French
Republic for groups which incite, and which call for terrorism or call
for hate," Cazeneuve said as he announced the decision on Wednesday.
The government's spokesman Stephane Le Foll said after a cabinet meeting: "The fight against preachers of hate will be total."
He said the three banned groups "were clearly taking action to incite jihad".
The main group was called "Retour aux Sources", which loosely translates as "Back to our roots"."
Image caption: "France imposed a state of emergency after the November's jihadist attacks in Paris (AFP Photo/Kenzo"