The building of mosques is still in full swing throughout France. While some projects are thwarted or delayed, others forge ahead. A new French website called Observatoire de l'Islamisation keeps track of the latest additions to the growing catalog of mosques and of the steady encroachment of Islam into French life. One post begins with this invitation:
"The Association of Cultural Activities and Exchanges (AAEC) has the honor of inviting you to the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of the Islamic Cultural Center of Villeneuve d'Ascq on Sunday March 11, or the 21st of Safar 1428, at 2:30 p.m.! You will be present at an event long-awaited by all the faithful of the city and the region: the first shovelful! A few months from now, Allah willing, the mosque of Villeneuve d'Ascq will be part of the landscape and the heritage of the city and area around Lille."
The ceremony will be attended by the socialist mayor Jean-Michel Stievenard and by Mr. Amar Lasfar, rector of the great mosque of Lille. An Islamist who belongs to the UOIF (Union of French Islamic Organizations), Lasfar revealed in a 1999 interview with the magazine Homme et Migration that he rejected the concept of republican citizenship for which he substituted adherence to the umma, where sharia law would be substituted for the impious laws of the French Republic in certain territorial enclaves: "In Islam the notion of citizenship does not exist, but that of community is very strong, because recognizing a community is recognizing the laws that govern it. We are working towards a recognition by the French Republic of the notion of community. Then, we will be able to constitute an Islamic community, strengthened by those laws that we have in common with the Republic, and then apply our own laws to our community."
In the same vein (...) he affirmed: "Assimilation presupposes that the Islamic populations eventually meld into the population. This is out of the question because that means abandoning Islamic law (...) There will be no violation of this law."
Note: I'm not sure I disagree with Lasfar. But what he is really saying is that Islam is not compatible with France, and must live by its own laws, at France's expense. His notion of loyalty to community is not unlike that of many French patriots and "identitaires". But the French government is working harder on behalf of the Muslim community than on behalf of the French community. "Muslim communautarisme" is subsidized while French identity groups are labeled "racist". Furthermore, a deep knowledge of mathematics is not necessary to realize that these Muslims "enclaves" he spoke of will grow by leaps and bounds, while the French communities diminish, to become "isolates", as Jean Raspail has said.
A comment to the article by a reader well-versed in mosque construction informs us of the following projects:
Seine-Saint-Denis, Pré St. Gervais: The socialist mayor is considering giving land free of charge for the construction of a mosque.
The city council of Roubaix agreed to a 99-year lease at the rate of one euro per year for the building of a mosque. Fortunately the plan was judged illegal by the Lille Administrative Tribunal.
The socialist mayor of Muret granted 2000 square meters of municipal property located on Rue Notre-Dame!!! to Muslim associations for the building of a mosque. Meanwhile, while the plans are being arranged, the faithful were graciously given a house with garden.
The municipality of Alfortville decided on its own initiative to build a mosque with 700,000 euros of public money as a gift to the Muslims. To avoid backlash from opponents of the project they named the building "Neighborhood Home". The mayor was delighted to receive a subsidy from the State.
The first official mosque in Bondy has opened its doors. For once the project was entirely funded with "Franco-French" private money. The only hitch was the green roof, forbidden by the blueprint. No problem, the mayor changed it.
For the construction of the great mosque of Strasbourg funding came from different sources:
- 423,874 euros from the Regional Council of Alsace
- 506,000 euros from the Department of Bas-Rhin
- 610,000 euros from the city of Strasbourg
The communist mayor of Montreuil gave a piece of land 1700 square meters to an association for 1 symbolic euro. Legal proceedings to have this annulled have been initiated.
On March 27, 2006, the municipal council of Créteil adopted its budget. The elected officials of the MNR Party (National Republican Movement, headed by Bruno Mégret) were intrigued by an allotment of 1 million euros for the UAMC (Union of Muslim Associations of Créteil). The UAMC is a SCI(1), not an association, and subsidies are illegal.
The municipal council of Nantes granted a 99-year lease for the construction of a mosque on an 800 square meter lot for 3300 euros a year. During the vote 52 were for it, 13 abstained.
In Blagnac, the mayor graciously had a mosque installed on the first floor of a day-care center (good for an early indoctrination)!
In Poitiers, such a symbolic city for the French, 150,000 euros were granted to a Muslim association for the purchase of a house with garden. In case anyone's interested, the same city grants 164,000 euros for the upkeep of the churches (which are, theoretically anyway, a State expense).
etc, etc, etc.........
(1) SCI stands for "Société Civile Immobilière" (roughly translated as Civic Real Estate Firm - I don't know exactly what it is, but if it's a private realtor, it stands to reason that subsidies from the State would be illegal.)
The top photo is the great mosque of Strasbourg.
The third image is the projected mosque at Vénissieux
The other two are self-explanatory. There are more photos at the above-named website.