French authorities close Muslim youth camps

30th July 2007, Comments 0 comments

METZ, July 30, 2007 (AFP) - Authorities in eastern France have closed down two youth summer camps run by Turkish cultural associations for failing to fulfil official norms, government inspectors said Monday.

METZ, July 30, 2007 (AFP) - Authorities in eastern France have closed down two youth summer camps run by Turkish cultural associations for failing to fulfil official norms, government inspectors said Monday.

A centre at Courcelles-Chaussy was shut and 87 youths sent home Sunday night because of the "absence of educational or pedagogical project" and the lack of qualified staff.

The centre was run by a cultural association based at a mosque in Strasbourg.

Last week authorities shut a holiday camp at Bains-les-Bains, after complaints that staff were enforcing a rigid religious discipline.

One child complained to police that he was forced to wake at night in order to pray.

AFP

Subject: French news

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