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After Michel Houellebecq says native French people ‘do not wish Muslims to assimilate’ but to instead leave the country, the Great Mosque of Paris files complaint

Michel Houellebecq faces official complaint from the biggest mosque in France after he suggested Muslims leave France

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author: John Cody

The Great Mosque of Paris has filed a complaint against Michel Houellebecq, considered France’s greatest living author, after he said that the native French population does not wish for Muslims to assimilate but to “stop stealing from them and attacking them” or, if the Muslim population cannot manage that, then they should simply leave France.

Houellebecq made the remarks during an explosive interview in November, in which he and philosopher Michel Onfray discussed a wide-range of topics, including the Great Replacement, Islam, God, the European Union, euthanasia, and the future of France.

“The wish of the native French population, as they say, is not that Muslims assimilate, but that they stop stealing from them and attacking them — or else, another solution, that they go,” Houellebecq said.

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Houellebecq also spoke of a coming civil war due to the spread of Islam in France.

“When entire territories are under Islamist control, I think acts of resistance will take place. There will be attacks and shootings in mosques,” Houellebecq told Onfray. He then went on to add that he predicts “reverse Bataclans” — a reference to the Islamists who killed over 100 French people in the Bataclan nightclub in Paris.

Onfray replied: “You think the civil war is coming, I think it’s already here, quietly.”

The groundbreaking interview, which was published in November in a special edition of Front Populaire magazine, was 45 pages long,

Great Mosque of Paris complaint

Chems-Eddine Hafiz, the rector of the Great Mosque of Paris, appeared last week on BFMTV, and urged for Houellebecq to be prosecuted for his comments and labeled them “dangerous.”

“That he amalgamates terrorism with Islam, I find that unacceptable.” said Hafiz.

The Grand Mosque of Paris announced on Wednesday last week that it would file a complaint against the writer.

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