A man makes a phone call as he walk past a mosque in Oullins outside Lyon, central France, May 26, 2015. (AP/Laurent Cipriani)
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A mosque won an unusual court battle Wednesday against an ultraconservative Salafist member of the congregation regarded as disruptive and, in an apparent first for Muslims, used France's 1905 law guaranteeing secularism to argue its case.The action by the mosque was a sign of the growing concern over Salafis who are mostly peaceful, but a minority can veer into extremism.Mosque lawyer Mathieu Allard said the court found Saidi guilty of being disruptive by criticizing the imam, holding parallel prayers and preaching his ultraconservative Salafist brand of Islam to converted Muslims.France monitors mosques to guard against radical preaching and keeps a watch on the activities of Salafis.
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