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France bans three 'radical' Islamic groups in wake of November attacks

AFP | Part of the makeshift mosque in Lagny-sur-Marne that was closed by the authorities on January 12

France has ordered three Islamic associations that ran a mosque in the Paris area shut down following November's terrorist attacks on the capital, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Wednesday.

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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 responsibility for 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 is called "Retour aux Sources", which loosely translates as "Back to our roots".

(AFP)

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