French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin announced Tuesday that the Council of State has approved the expulsion of Moroccan Imam Hassan Echessen, who is close to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Darmanan said in a tweet on Twitter that the decision represented a “great victory for the Republic”, stressing that the Imam would leave French soil.
The Council of State recognized the expulsion of Mr. Ickiussen qui tient et notamment des propos antisémites et contraires à l’égalité entre les femmes et les hommes. C’est une grande victoire pour la Republique. Il sera expulsé du territoire national.
— Gerald Darmanin (@GDarmanin) August 30, 2022
Darmanin had previously ordered Eken’s exile for his ideas and speeches, which were deemed inconsistent with the values of the French Republic. However, the Administrative Court of Paris suspended the expulsion order on the basis of the right to a normal private and family life.
But the Council of State, France’s highest administrative court, dismissed the argument that the decision would constitute a “serious and unlawful intrusion” on his private and family life.
For the French Ministry of the Interior, Ekössen has been making anti-Semitic statements for many years that undermine republican laws or violate the principle of equality between women and men, making the decision to expel him indisputable.