PARIS: The French government has started crackdown on Muslim population in the name of alleged extremism and separatism.
As a result of the action, 66 migrants have been deported and 76 mosques are likely to be closed.
In a statement, French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said that the government had launched a massive and unprecedented measures to fight “religious extremism”. He also accused 76 mosques of spreading separatism.
“76 mosques are now suspected of separatism. In the coming days, checks will be carried out on these places of worship. If ever these doubts are confirmed, I will ask for their closure,” he tweeted.
Without declaring religious identity, the interior minister also apprised that 66 people who arrived in the country without proper documentation and were allegedly radicalized were expelled.
The largest number of Muslim population, among European countries, resides in France. After a series of minor attacks in France following the French president’s expressing support for blasphemous caricatures, a section of Muslim society fears that they might be punished for that.