Marseille: Mosque shut down

One of the oldest mosques in Marseilles was closed down due to structural problems, Salah Bariki of the Marseilles municipality announced last week.

The building, opened in 1976 and located on Camille Pelletan avenue in the center of Marseilles, is well known in the Muslim community, which is estimated to have about 200,000 members.  Managed by the Errahmania religious association the mosque can hold about 500 or 600 people.

The building was ordered shut down in July 2002, but after the roof collapsed the mayor ordered to shut it down immediately due to the imminent danger, according to Bariki.

Source: Le Figaro (French)

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