France, new anti-terrorism law 63 mosques placed under surveillance, two closed in 2019

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Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said on Wednesday that two mosques were closed in 2019 as part of the anti-terrorist law SILT and that 63 are currently under surveillance, reports the AFP.
Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said on Wednesday that two mosques were closed in 2019 as part of the anti-terrorist law SILT and that 63 are currently under surveillance, reports the AFP.The minister spoke before the Legal Committee of the National Assembly where he carried out a 2019 assessment of the application of the October 2017 SILT law which ended the state of emergency.

Christophe Castaner reported "31 attacks thwarted since January 1, 2017". "Two places of worship (mosques) were closed, compared to 5 in 2018, under the SILT law," he said.

He noted that "63 places of worship are currently being monitored, 30 are under closure and 7 are underway," said Castaner, noting that in these cases measures other than those provided by SILT law have been taken implemented, such as safety and health provisions

A series of new restrictive counter-terrorism measures

Four measures of the SILT law (closure of places of worship, home visits and security perimeter) are being tested until the end of 2020. After the evaluation, the government and the legislator must decide to extend or modify them.

Individual administrative control measures, which replace house arrest, were 134 in 2019, an increase of 84% compared to the previous year and were mainly concentrated in Ile-de-France (central region of France where is located in Paris), said the minister.

57% of these measures concerned people released from prison, convicted of terrorism or radicalized in detention.

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