HRWF (09.05.2019) – A private Islamic school in Echirolles, near Grenoble, is due to be closed because its teachings are inspired by Salafism, according to National Education Minister, Jean-Michel Blanquer. On 12 February, a court of first instance in Grenoble ruled that the school, attached to a mosque, was to shut its doors because there are allegedly serious shortcomings in its curriculum, and its teachings are harmful and obscurantist. The court decision has been appealed and the hearing is to take place on 1 July. In the meantime, the school is still operating. The parents have been advised by the Education Ministry to enroll their children in another school but they still hope the first court decision will be overruled. Minister Blanquer said in an interview that three Islamic schools had been closed under this legislature.
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