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French court convicts Salafi for disrupting mosque prayers
by Elaine Ganley
A mosque won an unusual court battle on Wednesday against an ultraconservative Salafist member of the congregation regarded as disruptive and, in an apparent first for Muslims, used France's 1905 law guaranteeing secularism to argue its case.
A court ruled in favor of the small Oullins mosque on the edge of Lyon. It convicted Faouzi Saidi, 51, and fined him 1,500 euros ($1,640) with 500 euros suspended.
The action by the mosque was a sign of the growing concern over Salafis who are mostly peaceful, but a minority can veer into extremism.
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