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France inaugurated its first municipal Muslim cemetery in the city of Strasbourg on Monday, a move hailed by Islamic leaders as a step in recognizing one of the country's largest minority groups.

Local officials and Muslim leaders attended a ceremony in the northeastern French city to launch the cemetery, which has space for about 1,000 graves.

Mohammed Moussaoui, the head of the French Council of the Muslim Faith, hailed the cemetery's opening as a "historic" moment for Muslims in France and said it was "an important symbol of belonging" for the community.


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