Marseille mega-mosque gets go-ahead
AFP - A French appeals court granted permission Tuesday for the building of a mega-mosque in the southern city of Marseille that has been touted as a symbol of Islam's growing place in France. The court overturned an October ruling by Marseille's administrative tribunal that cancelled the project's construction permit for supposed failures to meet urban-planning requirements.
A community association led by a local butcher had filed a complaint against the building permit, saying the mosque project did not fit with the surrounding urban environment. The project was granted a permit in September 2009 but construction was suspended following complaints from local residents and businesses.
The 22-million-euro ($28-million) project would see the Grand Mosque, boasting a minaret soaring 25-metres (82-feet) high and room for up to 7,000 worshippers, built in the city's northern Saint-Louis area.
Muslim leaders in the Mediterranean city had hailed the approval of the project as a key step in recognising the importance of Marseille's large Muslim community. France's second city is home to an estimated 250,000 Muslims
The appeals court in December also rejected complaints against the mosque project filed by France's National Front (FN) party and another far-right group
Posted on 06/19/2012 5:41 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
19 Jun 2012
The builders of these monsterosities believe they are imposing their will on the kufr, th at we will be awed by their prefabricated sheds. I just think how pathetic they are. I live not far away from the Emirates stadium, and whenever I see it, it dominates the landscape, I just think that it is really just a football stadium made from plastic panels. The Shard, the Gherkin, what are they? Just large office blocks for insurance companies. These places are just plain ugly and to be honest, they should worry more about retaining their members with their funding and their zirkat than wasting money on large warehouses. What happened to the mega-mosque that was going to be built for the Olympics?
19 Jun 2012
The trustees of the 'Riverine centre' as their PR men suggest it should now be called are supposed to be submitting yet more plans 'shortly'. Meanwhile the land continues to be contaminated - the council has issued a notice that it should be cleaned up before anything else happens - the council should also be persuing siezing the land for illegal use - there is some minor work on-going but not the major decontamination that would be necessary for it to be used for anything other than a sulphuric acid factory (its original function)
Eyes are being kept open, have no fear.
19 Jun 2012
To judge by the small white balls on tees in right side of the photo, the mosque looks to a have a driving range as well.