TurkeyJanuary 19 2023, 9:52 am

French Court Blocks Subsidies for Millî Görüş Mosque

Ger­man media report­ed last Novem­ber that a French court had blocked a Mil­lî Görüş mosque from receiv­ing gov­ern­ment sub­si­dies. Accord­ing to the SWR report:

Novem­ber 10, 2022: A con­tro­ver­sial grant for a new mosque has been stopped by the admin­is­tra­tive court. The Islam­ic com­mu­ni­ty Mil­li Görüs was to have received 2.5 mil­lion euros. The court has seen for­mal errors in the munic­i­pal coun­cil’s deci­sion from 2021. In a state­ment, it said that the city had not respect­ed the con­di­tions for the pro­mo­tion of cul­tur­al sites. On the one hand, because Mil­li Görüs had applied for fund­ing only years after the start of con­struc­tion and, on the oth­er hand, because no detailed finan­cial plan was sub­mit­ted. At the time, how­ev­er, the dis­pute over sub­si­dies had also revolved around the fact that Mil­li Görüs had not signed a cer­tain paper: the Char­ter of Prin­ci­ples of Islam in France. Like­wise, it was about the links with the Turk­ish gov­ern­ment. The Stras­bourg pre­fec­ture and politi­cians from the Les Répub­li­cains par­ty had called in the admin­is­tra­tive court, which stopped the con­tro­ver­sial sub­sidy for the new mosque. [Trans­lat­ed by DeepL]

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The Islam­ic Con­fed­er­a­tion Mil­li Görus (Con­fédéra­tion Islamique du Mil­lî Görüs en France; CIMG) is the French branch of Mil­lî Görüş, a Turk­ish Islamist move­ment found­ed by Necmet­tin Erbakan, Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Erdoğan’s polit­i­cal men­tor. Mil­lî Görüş has called for an end to the sec­u­lar regime in Turkey. The Glob­al Influ­ence Oper­a­tions Report (GIOR) has report­ed on Ger­man gov­ern­ment asser­tions that Erdoğan’s AKP par­ty has inten­si­fied its rela­tions with Mil­lî Görüş in Ger­many, CIMG’s rejec­tion of the char­ter iden­ti­fied above, and on the French government’s effort to halt the sub­si­dies for the mosque.



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