The Voice of America News website reports today (September 26, 2011) that Paris plans to build a new Islamic center to address two issues -- a shortage of mosques for the city's sizable Muslim community, and a new law banning street prayers.
Meanwhile, Muslims have been invited to worship in an unusual venue -- an old unused fire station at the edge of Paris. Hundreds of Muslims began worshiping there this month.
Paris plans to use public funds to finance the cultural part of the new Islamic center, while the Islamic community will finance the religious part.
With some six million Muslims believed to be living in the nation, France has more Muslims than any other country in all of Europe.