The Hérault prefecture announced on Thursday November 17 the upcoming closure in Montpellier of “two schools of the Koranic type” accused of dispensing religious lessons to dozens of children without authorization, a decision that the city is preparing to validate, according to the town hall.
By order of the prefect of Hérault Hugues Moutouh, “random administrative checks” were carried out Wednesday in two religious establishments in the district of Turny, in the south of the city, explained the prefecture in a press release.
“These control operations (…) have made it possible to discover the illegal existence of two Koranic-type schools essentially providing religious learning courses”, she explained.
This is a « institut » who “hosted classrooms for more than 90 minor children aged 6 to 15”a you « centre »where “Sixty children, the youngest of whom could be 3 or 4 years old, were grouped together in a collective reception for unauthorized minors”according to the press release. “A prayer room open to the public without authorization was also discovered” in this second establishment, added the prefecture.
The prefect of Hérault “will take an order closing the illegal collective reception of minors and he asked the mayor of Montpellier, in accordance with his police powers, the immediate closure of the two establishments”.
“We are of course going to sign the decree that the prefect asks us since he considers that these establishments do not meet the standards of establishments open to the public (ERP)”said a source close to the socialist mayor of Montpellier, Michaël Delafosse.