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Strasbourg's green mayor has approved funding of 2.5 million euros for the construction of a Turkish mosque

Strasbourg's green mayor has approved funding of 2.5 million euros for the construction of a Turkish mosque. The French daily Le Figaro warns of an increase in Turkish political and religious influence in Europe.

The co-founder of “Printemps républicain”, a movement that campaigns against Islamism and right-wing extremism, Gilles Clavreul, speaks in the French daily Le Figaro against subsidizing a new Turkish mosque in Strasbourg. From 2015 to 2017, Clavreul was the representative for the fight against racism and anti-Semitism in the Hollande cabinet.

The socialists had also objected
In Le Figaro he complains: “The permit, which was passed by the Strasbourg city council and provides for funding of more than 2.5 million euros for the construction of the 'Eyyub Sultan' mosque by the Turkish Islamist organization Milli Görüs, sheds new light on the ecologism of the city - seven years after the election of Éric Piolle in Grenoble and in particular nine months after the election successes of the candidates for the Green Party EELV (Europe Ecologie - Les Verts) in Lyon, Strasbourg, Bordeaux, Besançon and Poitiers”.

With the Strasbourg decision, against which all political groups - including the socialists - had objected, "the Greens are in favor of a momentous political decision for Strasbourg, but also for themselves at the national level and, in a broader sense, for the left as a whole". This decision marks a turning point for Strasbourg. A previous practice provided financial support for cult projects up to ten percent of the total work. Nevertheless, according to Clavreul, "it is an option - within the framework of a negotiation that is entered into before the start of the work - and not a right - to a maximum amount and not a lump sum".

But the foundation stone of the Eyyub Sultan mosque was laid in October 2017 in the presence of a member of the Turkish government. In the meantime, the cost of the work has gotten out of hand and is now double the initial budget. The former mayor Roland Ries was clear at the time: no municipal funding for a project that had already started.

Record amount
In addition, such an amount has never been approved for a project of this type. In doing so, the green majority showed "a certain carelessness in the allocation of public funds" and offered Erdogan "a significant financial blessing for the implementation of a project that is intended to reinforce the influence of Turkish Islamism in the heart of the European capital". The Milli Görüs movement, founded by former Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan, recalls Clavreul, “is one of the vehicles for Turkish political and religious influence in Europe”. Clavreul comments: “The Strasbourg Greens are making a remarkable gift to a figurehead of the Islamist advance in Europe. It's a strange gift for the European capital of human rights - right now, as Ankara withdraws from the Istanbul Convention against Violence against Women ”.

Source: Tichys Einblick
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