Skip to content

The French Council of State orders the ban on meetings at places of worship to be lifted

May 19, 2020

The French State Council has instructed the French executive to lift the “general and absolute” ban on the assembly of places of worship related to the coronavirus pandemic.

The ban is one of the measures contained in the state of health emergency prescribed in France. However, the French Council of State believes that it “seriously and obviously violates religious freedom”.

It has therefore instructed the French government to lift it “within eight days” because of its “disproportionate character”, as reported by the Liberation newspaper.

The French Council of State orders the ban on meetings at places of worship to be lifted
The French Council of State orders the ban on meetings at places of worship to be lifted

The French Government’s Health Directorate-General reported Monday that 131 coronavirus deaths have been recorded in the last 24 hours, for a total of 28,239 deaths. 142,903 cases were registered for infections, 492 of them on the last day.