France expels Tunisian imam Mahjoub Mahjoubi for calling the national flag “satanic.”

France has expelled a “radical” imam who the interior minister said made “unacceptable comments” on the national flag. Gerald Darmanin.

Mahjoub Mahjoubi In a video that went viral online earlier this week, he called the French flag “satanic.” In the recording, the cleric spoke of a “tricolor,” which he described as “satanic” and which, he explained, had “no value in the eyes of Allah.”

The authorities’ reaction was immediate. On Thursday, the Interior Minister announced via the social network X that he had requested an expulsion order against Mahjoubi. The document states that the imam promoted a “regressive, intolerant and violent image of Islam”“This is likely to encourage behavior that is contrary to the values ​​of the Republic,” the French press said.

His teachings promoted discrimination against women, “tensions with the Jewish community” and “Jihadist radicalization”concludes the order, which also takes up Mahjoubi’s references to the Jews as the “enemy.”

In his message to X, Darmanin praised the controversial immigration law passed in the National Assembly in December facilitates the expulsion of foreign residents. “Without the immigration law, this would not have been possible,” emphasized Darmanin. “Strength is the norm.”

The minister announced that Mahjoubi had been deported “less than twelve hours after his arrest.” The magnet, the boarded a flight back to Tunisia On Thursday evening he denied having committed a crime and assured that he had no disrespectful intention. In the video he explicitly did not mention a flag, but it was assumed he was referring to the French flag.

In the end, Mahjoubi apologized if he had offended anyone and claimed his comments about the flag had been offensive a failure. His lawyer announced that he would appeal against his exclusion.

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Mahjoub Mahjoubi is from Tunisia but lived in France for almost four decades and was imam of the Ettaouba Mosque in the small town of Bagnols-sur-Cèze in the south of France.

The preacher has moved to the television station BFMTV that he would “do everything to return to my family and my work in the coming days or weeks.” “I don’t belong here (in Tunisia), even though it is my country. “My city is on the other side of the Mediterranean,” he emphasized.

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