15 January 2013
Despite Islam being the second largest religion in France, rural France continues to fail to accommodate the Muslim dead. While urban areas often have cemeteries or sections of such specifically allocated to Muslims, French villages in most cases do not. With the rise of France’s Muslims population, the need for Muslim burial grounds proportionally grew. As a result, the town of Besancon was forced to enlarge its Muslim burial grounds by up to 170 burial places to accommodate the needs of its 15 000 Muslim residents.