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France expels French-born imam from the country over ‘hate speech’

The interior ministry representative retorted that the imam’s words “create fertile ground for separatism and even terrorism,” insisting that he “remains an anti-Semite”.

Paris: France’s top administrative court has given the green light for the expulsion to Morocco of an imam accused of “hate speech”, according to Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin.

Hassan Iquioussen “will be expelled from the national territory” in “a great victory for the republic,” Darmanin wrote on Twitter, citing Tuesday’s ruling by the Council of State.

The case landed before the highest court after Paris judges blocked the imam’s deportation, which the interior ministry ordered in late July over “especially virulent anti-Semitic speech” and sermons calling for women’s “submission” to men.

Iquioussen, 58, reaches tens of thousands of subscribers via YouTube and Facebook accounts from his home in northern France.

He was born in France but holds Moroccan citizenship.

His lawyers successfully applied to the Paris court for a block on the order, saying it would create “disproportionate harm” to his “private and family life”.

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