“Muslims praying while sprawled on the streets of Paris face arrest under a strict new law brought in today.
French interior minister Claude Gueant said the hundreds of prostrate worshippers ‘hurt the sensitivities of many of our fellow citizens’.
Muslim men claim they have been forced into roads and alleyways to complete their daily prayers because of a lack of mosques in the French capital.
But Mr Gueant, a strict right-winger who wants to uphold France’s secularity, said that the new law would be spread to other French cities, including Lyon and Marseilles, where thousands of Muslims live.
He said: ‘My vigilance will be unflinching for the law to be applied.
‘Praying in the street is not dignified for religious practice and violates the principles of secularism.
‘All Muslim leaders are in agreement….”
Good for the French.
Of course, there are those who do not approve and feel that it is the French government’s responsibility to provide them a venue in which to pray. Personally, I would beg to differ. If there are not enough mosques in France, then pray at home. No need to block traffic.