France: Angers opposes the sale of a mosque in Morocco

To be able to finance the end of the work on its mosque, the Association of Muslims of Angers ceded its land free of charge to the Kingdom of Morocco, a decision refused by the Angevin municipal council.

“The transfer of the future mosque to a foreign country does not correspond to the desired neutrality for the realization and the future functioning of such equipment”, specifies the deliberation of the Angevin municipal council. (Illustrative photo Sameer Al-DOUMY / AFP)

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The municipal council of Angers, in western France, opposed the cession to the Kingdom of Morocco of a mosque under construction, as wished by the owner of the land to be able to finance the end of the work, a- we learned Monday from corroborating sources.

The great mosque of Angers, planned to accommodate some 2,500 worshipers, has been under construction since 2014 in a district in the north of the city.

The land was sold in 2011 to the Association of Muslims of Angers (AMA), predominantly Moroccan, by a semi-public company chaired by the mayor of Angers Christophe Béchu. WADA voted at the end of September to transfer this land free of charge to the Moroccan Ministry of Habous and Islamic Affairs.

In a deliberation consulted by AFP, the Angers city council voted against this transfer on Monday, on the grounds that the land sale contract is opposed to a resale of the goods by the purchaser before the end of the work. , unless expressly authorized by the developer.

“The transfer of the future mosque to a foreign country does not correspond to the desired neutrality for the realization and the future functioning of such equipment”, indicates this deliberation. However, the text affirms that the municipal council is “attached to the free exercise of worship, and respectful of the wish of the Muslim community to have a dignified place of worship allowing believers to practice their religion”.

According to a source close to the town hall, the buyers do not have the necessary financing to complete the construction of the building. “2.5 million were collected and it would still lack 4.5 million euros,” she told AFP, stressing that the Angevin Muslim community is “itself divided on this transfer to Morocco” .

(AFP/NXP)


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