France shuts mosque for sermons allegedly defending jihad

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A mosque in the northern French region of Oise has been closed because of an imam’s radical sermons, which was said to have defended jihad.

Local authorities said the mosque in the town of Beauvais will remain shut for six months.

Oise’s prefect said sermons there described jihadist fighters as heroes and incited hatred and violence.

Authorities gave the mosque 10 days to respond.

The mosque’s imam was a recent convert to Islam.

France has been carrying out checks on Islamic places of worship suspected of having links to extremism.

Two weeks ago, Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said he was starting a process to close the Great Mosque of Beauvais, 100 kilometers north of Paris, because the imam was allegedly targeting Christians, homosexuals and Jews in his sermons.