France has closed two nursery schools because, well, they were radical Muslim institutions. Don’t laugh: in an environment where children are made to memorize the entire Qur’an before they learn their multiplication tables (and before they have a ghost of a chance of understanding what they’re memorizing), it’s quite possible that radical Muslims could be trying to indoctrinate even preschoolers. Possibly also they used the schools as a front for other activities.
The AP report says that “French officials have closed two Paris region nursery schools with alleged Islamic fundamentalist tendencies, the Interior Minister announced. ‘Le Jardin des Enfants’ and ‘La Tribune des Enfants’ in the Hauts-de-Seine region west of the capital were shut last week after officials were alerted to their suspected ties to radical Islam and administrative irregularities.
“Announcing the closures, Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy described the schools as ‘illegal schooling establishments under Salafist influence.’
“Salafists promote a strict interpretation of Islam. Sarkozy was speaking Wednesday in parliament. He said 101 people have been detained, and that 42 remain in prison, this year in France’s battle against Islamic terrorism.
“‘Those who don’t respect the republican values and the laws of our country will be sent back to their countries and their establishments will be closed,’ he said.”