French Minister Supports Doubling the Number of Mosques A mere three months after the lethal Islamist terror attacks in Paris at the Charlie Hebdo headquarters and a kosher supermarket, heads of the Muslim community in France are demanding “to double the number of mosques in the state” – and they have support from a French minister. Dalil Boubakeur, president of the French Muslim Council, said this week that France needs to double its current 2,200 mosques to a total of 4,400 within two years, citing skyrocketing population rates as justification for the construction boom. Boubakeur said there are seven million French Muslims, although official figures indicate between five and six million; however, French government censuses generally do not query respondents on religion. The demand was given surprising support on Tuesday from Thierry Mandon, the French minister of simplification, who claimed in an interview with the iTele TV channel that a shortage in “decent” mosques was partially causing Islamic radicalization. “There aren’t enough mosques in France,” Mandon claimed. “There are still too many towns where the Muslim religion is practiced in conditions that are not decent.” FULL REPORT