Gérald Darmanin is not satisfied with the decision of the administrative court of Paris. The latter on Friday suspended the expulsion to Morocco of the imam of the North Hassan Iquioussen, which had been ordered by the Ministry of the Interior. “The sole reason based on the existence of acts of explicit and deliberate provocation to discriminate against women does not [peut] justify the expulsion measure without seriously and manifestly disproportionate harm to his right to lead a normal private and family life,” the court said in its judgment.
The Minister of the Interior immediately announced his intention to appeal this decision to the Council of State. As soon as the decision of the administrative court was known, the tenant of Place Beauvau argued in a press release that he was “decided to fight against those who make and disseminate comments of an anti-Semitic nature and contrary to equality between men and women. the women “.
He announced last week the forthcoming expulsion of this preacher born in France but of Moroccan nationality, accused by the French authorities of having made anti-Semitic, homophobic and “anti-women” remarks during sermons or conferences, held there. nearly 20 years ago for some.
The court notably recalled that the 57-year-old imam was “born in France where he has resided since birth with his wife and five French children and fifteen French grandchildren”.
Decision hailed by Hassan Iquioussen’s camp
“Mr. Iquioussen thanks French justice for having been able to keep a cool head despite the media coverage of this case”, reacted his lawyer, Lucie Simon, to AFP, welcoming “a measured and salutary decision”, the court having in particular “discarded the conspiratorial remarks, considering that the latter, as regrettable as they are, were not in the legal sense an explicit provocation to hatred”. The lawyer added that she had filed a motion on the merits with the administrative court.
“On behalf of the family, we are very happy with this decision”, reacted for AFP one of the sons of the preacher, Sofiane Iquioussen. “He is not at home now, he preferred to go to rest,” he added, claiming to ignore where his father was. The latter is no longer attached to a mosque, but preaches “in different mosques”, especially in the Paris region, “where he is asked”, he said.