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French Places of Worship Reopen with Limits

November 29, 2020

PARIS — French churches, mosques and synagogues can open their doors again to worshippers, but only a few of them, as France cautiously starts reopening after a second virus lockdown.

Some churches may defy the 30-person limit which they believe is too unreasonable, and other sites may stay closed until they can fully reopen.

Farid Kachour, secretary general of the association running the mosque of Montermeil, a heavily immigrant suburb northeast of Paris, says that his mosque simply wouldn’t open as long as there is a 30-person limit.

“We can’t choose people” allowed to enter for prayer. “We don’t want to create discontent among the faithful,” he said.

Kachour noted that Muslims pray five times a day and that the mosque would need 40 services a day to allow all the faithful to pray.

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