[Ed. – ‘Splain me again why it’s the city’s problem to find these folks a place to pray? Christians and Jews work it out for themselves, by paying for their own digs — often helping each other from afar.]
Hemmed in and closely watched by police, hundreds of Muslims unrolled rugs and prayed outdoors Friday in the busy streets of a Paris suburb to protest the closure of their prayer hall. …
Clichy Muslims had been using a prayer hall rented from City Hall. But the town’s mayor now wants to turn that space into a multimedia library for the town’s 60,000 residents.
City Hall refused to renew the three-year lease when it expired last June and, following a court battle, closed down the prayer hall last week with help from French police.
City Hall says Muslims can worship at a new Islamic cultural and prayer center, already used by hundreds of people, that the town inaugurated in May 2016. …
The building is a disused former office block that City Hall “turned into a mosque by throwing down a few rugs,” said Smail El-Baz, a spokesman for the group.
He warned that the closure of their prayer hall could drive worshippers underground and increase the risk of them becoming radicalized.