On February 11, 2008 the mayor of the city of Montgeron (Essonne), G_rald H_rault, refused to rent municipal space to a Muslim association in the city. The mayor claimed that In reaction to the extent and the number of reactions [of those in the area], I have suspended the project. It is a decision which be reached by consensus. While most mayors or prefects are often the first to endorse the building of mosques or other Muslim spaces, this decision may have been inspired by upcoming elections.

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