France puts mosques in 2 cities under police protection after threats on social networks

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French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said on Wednesday that he had asked local authorities to put mosques in the cities of Bordeaux and Béziers in southwestern France under police protection following threats or acts of violence.”Such actions are unacceptable on the soil of the Republic,” the minister said on Wednesday in a message on Twitter.

France Bleu radio reported on its website on Tuesday that leaders of the Ar-Rahma mosque in Béziers had filed a complaint with the police over hateful messages on Facebook, including a call to burn down the mosque.

The threats come just days after the murder of a French history teacher who was showing caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in class at a college northwest of Paris.

France Bleu posted a Facebook post, which has since been deleted, urging tribute to the murdered professor by setting fire to the Béziers mosque.

Prime Minister Jean Castex told Parliament on Tuesday that France needed a law against endangering the lives of others via social networks.

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