Tuesday, February 7, 2012

France Inaugurates 1st Municipal Muslim Cemetery; Muslim Head:"Historic" Moment for French Muslims

The Europe News website reports today (February 7, 2012) that France inaugurated its first municipal Muslim cemetery in the city of Strasbourg yesterday -- a move hailed by Islamic leaders as a step in recognizing one of the country's largest minority groups.

Local officials and Muslim leaders attended a ceremony in the northeastern French city to launch the cemetery, which has space for about 1,000 graves.

Mohammed Moussaoui -- head of the French Council of the Muslim Faith -- hailed the ceremony's opening as a "historic" moment for Muslims in France.

France has more Muslims -- over 6,200,000 Muslims -- than any other country in all of Europe.