Ramadan began on April 13, and is due to end on May 13.
But Eid-al-Fitr will be celebrated once again confined this year.
The Interior Ministry has asked its services to ensure that gatherings in stadiums or communal rooms are not allowed for the end of Ramadan prayer, due to the health context due to Covid-19.
In 2020, some municipalities, especially in Ile-de-France, had authorized Muslims to gather in stadiums, in the open air, for the prayer of Eid-el-Fitr, the "feast of breaking the fast" .
Multiply the services during the day
"The provision of establishments open to the public could not be considered", a measure "which concerns all sports establishments, whether indoor or outdoor", indicates an instruction note from a prefect sent to the town halls of his department, of which AFP has obtained a copy.
"I can understand that there is a desire not to encourage gatherings," responded Mohammed Moussaoui, the president of the French Council of Muslim Worship to AFP after having last week called on the mosques "to come closer. of their municipalities in order to be able to celebrate the Eid prayer in open spaces ”.
Mohammed Moussaoui invited mosques large enough to comply with health instructions to increase the number of services during the day of Thursday.
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