Strasbourg mosque: the prefect goes to court after voting on a subsidy

The basics The Prefect of Bas-Rhin Josiane Chevalier decided on Tuesday to seize the administrative court of the “controversial advice” of the Strasbourg Municipal Council, which approved the principle of a subsidy of more than 2.5 million euros for the construction of a mosque.

On March 22nd, the Strasbourg city council voted in principle to grant more than 2.5 million euros for the construction of a mosque. A vote that sparked a strong reaction from Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, who accused Strasbourg’s environmental mayor, Jeanne Barseghian, of funding “foreign interference”, in this case Turkey, on French soil.

The minister also criticized the Millî Görüs association, which runs the project, for failing to sign the “Charter of Principles of Islam in France” in January.

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“The recent correspondence between the Prefect of Bas-Rhin and the Mayor of Strasbourg” did not “lead to the deliberations of the municipal council being withdrawn”, but instead indicated to the prefecture that Ms Chevalier had “decided” to refer the controversial advice to the Strasbourg administrative court “The aim is therefore to have the deliberations of the municipal council lifted, the legality of which we deny,” said the prefecture without further details on the means cited.

The prefecture recalled that the subsidy, which had yet to be confirmed by a second vote by the city council, is intended for the Islamic Confederation of Milli Görüs (CIMG), which is leading the under construction project of the Eyyub Sultan Grand Mosque in Strasbourg.

This decision was announced when Millî Görüs emphatically rejected “unfounded” allegations of allegiance to Ankara or of “separatism” during a press conference in the Alsatian capital on Tuesday.

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Eyüp Sahin, the president of the future place of worship and of CIMG East, claimed to be “particularly affected” by the “many allegations” that were made against her and her mosque project, believed that this was the case in a large country such as ” not tolerable “be France”.

Government spokesman Gabriel Attal ruled on Thursday that Millî Görüs “violated the values ​​of the republic” and “was not intended to organize activities in order to exist in the republic” without, however, announcing the dissolution of this organization.

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