Suggestion that empty French churches become mosques

France’s top Muslim official says 5000 mosques are needed in that nation, and has suggested converting abandoned Catholic churches.

Dalil Boubakeur, rector of the Grand Mosque in Paris and the president of the French Council of Muslim Faith, said: “It’s a delicate issue, but why not?”

There are currently about 2500 mosques in France with another 300 under construction, but the number falls short of what is needed, he said.

With roughly 5 million Muslims in France, at least 5000 mosques are needed, Mr Boubakeur said.

His remarks were welcomed by the Christian community as a “legitimate” demand.

“Muslims should, like Christians and Jews, be able to practice their religion,” said Msgr Ribadeau-Dumas, spokesperson for the French bishops’ conference.

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