French authorities have shut down three mosques in the past week as a part of a crackdown on “Islamist radicalization” launched after Paris terror attacks. This marked the first time such action has been taken against places of worship.
A major police raid on a mosque was conducted in the town of Lagny-sur-Marne east of Paris on Wednesday in the presence of the president of the Association of French Muslims, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said in a statement.
The Wednesday raid resulted in nine people being placed under house arrest as they were considered to be “radicalized.”Twenty-two more were banned from leaving the country, French media reported.
Additionally, an individual who was described as of the mosque’s “leaders” was immediately taken into custody after police seized his 9mm revolver, according to French media reports.