Paris mosque files complaint against Islamophobic French writer
The Great Mosque of Paris announced Thursday that they are filing a criminal complaint against French author Michel Houellebecq over his anti-Muslim statements amid a surge of Islamophobia in the country.
"People are arming themselves. They are procuring rifles and taking shooting courses ... I think acts of resistance will occur when entire territories fall under Islamic control. Then, attacks and shootings will be perpetrated in mosques, coffeeshops mostly visited by the Muslims, well, Bataclan in reverse," he said.
"They do not seek to elucidate any public debate but arouse discriminatory rhetoric and acts," it added.
The statement noted that while criticizing religion was permitted in a democratic society, the comments in the article were "calling to reject and exclude the Muslim component in its entirety."