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French Authorities Close Four Mosques During State of Emergency, By WILLIAM HOROBIN (WSJ)

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Dec. 2, 2015

Authorities suspect members of mosques had been nurturing Islamist radicalization

PARIS—French authorities have used sweeping emergency powersinstated since the Nov. 13 terror attacks to close down four mosques suspected of nurturing Islamist radicalization, France’s interior minister said Wednesday.

The closures targeted what Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve called “preachers of hate, self-proclaimed pseudo-imams and cultural pseudo-associations calling for hatred.”

In Wednesday raids at the homes of the leaders of a mosque in Lagny-Sur-Marne, 22 miles east of Paris, authorities found a 9-millimeter revolver, documents about jihad and an encrypted hard drive, he said.

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