After the bloody terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13, France has closed three mosques because of hateful preachers and extremism, and more are expected to follow. Before police closed the mosques they searched them and found an arsenal of military weapons inside. The Imams stand to be deported.
But one imam knows how to avoid being involved in anything. He will not risk being deported. He lives a luxury life on the French taxpayers' money, the Danish newspaper Den Korte Avis reports.
Called Imam Bouziane and preaching in the Omar Mosque in Lyon, he has a lot to lose in monetary terms.
In 1993, he registered with the local prefecture, that he had taken a wife no. 2.
As France does not recognize polygamy, the authorities gave the new wife a residence permit and listed her as his partner.
Since then, Imam Bouziana has had 16 children, eight with each wife, and since all children are born with French nationality, the large family have the right to a wealth of support obligations on the French taxpayers' expense.
Wife no. 2 can, as a single mother, claim 707,19 euros in monthly assistance.
She does not work as her imam can not accept that she may be in a workplace where she could be surrounded by strange men.
So she gets 417.88 euros per month in unemployment benefits on top of a family support of 978.08 euros each month. The same amount wife no. 1 brings home to the household monthly.
As two of the unmarried wife's children are under three years old, she gets a monthly allowance of 161 euros for each of them.
Four of her children are attending school, and that ensures her four times 257 euros, or a total of 1,028 euros in state assistance for school fees.
In total, Imam Bouziane and his extended family receive 8,947.43 euros ($9,870) each month from the government. Or 107,369 euros ($118,440) annually.
So the preacher better be careful how he interprets the Islamic scriptures to the believers in Lyon.
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