Strasbourg mosque threat over radicals

18th November 2003, Comments 0 comments

STRASBOURG, France, Nov 18 (AFP) - The authorities in Strasbourg, eastern France, have threatened to rescind a building permit for a new city mosque if Muslim leaders there fail to fulfil a number of "republican" principles.

STRASBOURG, France, Nov 18 (AFP) - The authorities in Strasbourg, eastern France, have threatened to rescind a building permit for a new city mosque if Muslim leaders there fail to fulfil a number of "republican" principles.

In a letter sent last week authorising the mosque's construction, the city hall said these principles include the use of the French language for preaching, a tough stand against delinquency among Arab immigrants and a liberal position on the Islamic headscarf.

"We don't want to block things, but we want our principles to be respected," Robert Grossman, deputy mayor of Strasbourg from the centre-right UMP party of President Jacques Chirac told AFP Tuesday.

The construction of a grand mosque for Strasbourg, which has a large Muslim population, has been a matter of controversy for more than 10 years. Authorisation was given a year ago, but permission to start building was only given last week.

© AFP

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