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French mosques open doors for non-Muslims, offer a 'brotherly cup of tea'
Monday January 11, 2016 11:27 PM, IINA

The French mosques opened their doors for non-Muslims where the visitors were offered hot drinks, pastries, calligraphy demonstrations and a discussion session during the weekend.

The French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM) has organized the "open-house" as part of creating a greater understanding of Islam in France, BBC reported. The country's leading Muslim body seeks to distance mainstream Islam from recent extreme attacks.

Hundreds of French mosques are taking part in the open-house event, dubbed as "brotherly cup of tea".

"The objective is to create a space where people can be together and meet normal Muslim worshippers and all of our fellow citizens", CFCM President Anouar Kbibech told AFP.

He said that the CFCM wanted to use the anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo attacks to "highlight the real values of Islam and to set straight the clichés about links to violence and terrorism".

France is still under a state of emergency after November's Paris attacks, carried out by gunmen linked to ISIS terrorist group, which killed 130 people.

Last year, extremist gunmen killed 17 people at different Paris sites, including the offices of the satirical Charlie Hebdo magazine and a kosher supermarket.

Marking the anniversary of the killings, President Francois Hollande unveiled a plaque on Saturday in tribute to one of those who died, policewoman Clarissa Jean-Philippe. France also remembered the four Jewish hostages killed at the supermarket.


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