Faits divers – Justice

Le combat des musulmans pour un lieu de culte à Blaye en Gironde

Par Yassine Khelfa M'Sabah, France Bleu Gironde jeudi 12 février 2015 à 6:00

La citadelle de Blaye (illustration)

Depuis six ans, les musulmans de cette commune essaient d'acheter un terrain pour construire un nouveau lieu de culte. Actuellement, ils sont une quarantaine à se regrouper dans une salle de prière dans un local inadapté. Mais à chaque fois qu'ils veulent acheter un terrain, ils reçoivent des pressions du voisinage qui stoppent la vente.

Au lendemain des attentats contre Charlie Hebdo , le maire de Blaye, Denis Baldès , avait profité du rassemblement des Blayais sur le parvis de la mairie pour les sensibiliser au vivre ensemble .

"C'est bien d'être laïque et de manifester mais c'est aussi bien d'être laïque dans son quartier. Et quand il y a un projet de lieu cultuel pour les musulmans, il faut savoir l'accepter." — Denis Baldès

C'est son appel qui a levé le voile sur une affaire où l'association des musulmans de Blaye fait cavalier seul pour tenter de construire un lieu de culte digne , financé avec des fonds récoltés uniquement parmi les membres de l'association. Seulement voilà, à chaque nouvelle tentative d'achat, ils sont freinés , soit par des refus injustifiés, soit par des pressions sur le voisinnage. Ainsi, quand ils ont souhaité acheter le terrain de l'ancien cinéma de la commune, ils obtiennent un refus. Pourtant, le terrain est toujours en vente. Ils ont ensuite voulu acheter un ancien hangar, même refus. La raison avancée était la construction d'un hôpital dans ce hangar, hôpital inexistant aujourd'hui.

Dernier souhait d'achat en date, un terrain, rue Joseph Taillasson. Là, la procédure d'achat est un peu plus aboutie. La propriétaire est prête à leur vendre le terrain, ils se mettent d'accord sur le prix. Mais sur le point de signer le sous seing, celle-ci se rétracte . À l'origine de son changement d'avis, des pressions du voisinage sur elle, son époux. Une pétition est alors signée pour "non respect d'une zone pavillonaire".

"On m'a dit qu'on allait me mettre un cochon sur le terrain si je vendais aux musulmans" : Coretta Favoriti  - Radio France
"On m'a dit qu'on allait me mettre un cochon sur le terrain si je vendais aux musulmans" : Coretta Favoriti © Radio France - Yassine Khelfa M'Sabah

"Ils m'ont harcelée, appelée et quand j'ai dit à un homme que je connaissais que j'allais vendre à des musulmans, il m'a dit qu'on allait me mettre un cochon sur mon terrain". — Coretta Favoriti, propriétaire du terrain rue Joseph Taillasson

Un comité anti-mosquée existe depuis 1999

À sa tête : Pierre Dinet , responsable du Front national dans la 11e circonscription de Gironde. Pour lui, "tous les recours sont bons pour éviter que les musulmans n'accédent à un terrain", le risque étant qu'ils instaurent "une école coranique avec volonté affichée "d'étendre la pensée islamique et appliquer la charia".

"L'islam est incompatible avec les valeurs de la République" : Pierre Dinet, Président du Comité anti-mosquée de Blaye - Radio France
"L'islam est incompatible avec les valeurs de la République" : Pierre Dinet, Président du Comité anti-mosquée de Blaye © Radio France - Yassine Khelfa M'Sabah

Du côté des musulmans, Badredine Mechâl , président de l'association culturelle et cultuelle de Blaye, annonce poursuivre les recherches et estime être dans ses droits.

"Je suis né à Blaye, je suis un pur produit du Blayet, j'estime avoir le droit à un lieu de culte comme les autres. On demande simplement un lieu plus digne, plus confortable afin de pratiquer notre religion dans de meilleures conditions." — Badredine Mechâl

L'association des musulmans de Blaye lance désormais un appel à l'aide aux pouvoirs publics.

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Des pressions pour empêcher les musulmans de Blaye de construire un lieu de culte