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Church of Scientology authorized to establish a training center in Saint-Denis, France

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  1. Church of Scientology authorized to establish a training center in Saint-Denis, Seine-Saint-Denis, France.

    Konbini News: La justice autorise l'Église de scientologie à installer un centre à Saint-Denis

    https://news.konbini.com/societe/la...ow6Z7rn--3HaJUzehPuRXzk8ZDi2039-4kSYHvPd_iskw

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    Justice authorizes the Church of Scientology to set up a center in Saint-Denis

    And disavows the municipality.

    Justice on Wednesday annulled a municipal decree which prevented the installation in Saint-Denis, in Seine-Saint-Denis, of the training center of the Church of Scientology, announced Thursday the administrative court of Montreuil in a press release .

    In 2017, a real estate company, Building Investments Group, acquired an office building in Saint-Denis to install the training center of this organization, classified in France among the sects by several parliamentary reports.

    On September 16, 2019, the former municipality PCF had refused the creation of an establishment open to the public, citing deficiencies in fire safety and accessibility for people with disabilities.

    A decree contested by the real estate company, which affirmed that "the refusal of authorization had not been opposed because of risks for the safety of people or the accessibility of the premises, but because of the wish of the local authorities to s' oppose the presence of the Church of Scientology in the town, " according to the court statement.

    Wednesday, justice agreed with him, estimating "that a bundle of corroborating clues indeed established that the mayor had exercised his powers for a purpose other than the preservation of the safety and the accessibility of the premises" .

    In particular, she stressed that some of the opposing "shortcomings" were "non-existent" and that others, "because of their easily rectifiable nature, could have been the subject of simple requirements or reservations" .

    In its file, Building Investments Group had also produced "several declarations, made between 2017 and 2019, by which elected officials from Saint-Denis had expressed their hostility to the installation of the Church of Scientology on their territory and their wish to mobilize the law to oppose it " .

    The town hall, now in the hands of the PS, has the possibility of appealing this decision.

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    By Astrid Van Laer , published on 15/10/2020

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    Tribunal Administratif De Montreal:

    14 octobre 2020

    Le tribunal annule le refus du maire de Saint-Denis d'autoriser l'installation du centre de formation de l'Eglise de Scientologie dans sa commune.

    http://montreuil.tribunal-administr...n-de-l-Eglise-de-Scientologie-dans-sa-commune

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    October 14, 2020

    The court annuls the refusal of the mayor of Saint-Denis to authorize the installation of the training center of the Church of Scientology in his town.

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    The court considered that a body of corroborating evidence established that the mayor had exercised his powers for a purpose other than the preservation of the safety and accessibility of the premises.
    These indications result, on the one hand, from the fact that the administration failed to take into consideration certain answers given by the petitioner and put forward breaches either non-existent or which, due to their easily regularizable nature, could have caused the subject to simple prescriptions or reservations. On the other hand, the documents in the file included several declarations, made between 2017 and 2019, by which elected officials from Saint-Denis had expressed their hostility to the installation of the

    The court therefore quashed the order of September 16, 2019.

    TA Montreuil n ° 1912506 ( read the judgment in PDF format )

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    The phrase "read the judgment in PDF format" links to:

    http://montreuil.tribunal-administratif.fr/Media/TACAA/Montreuil/Jugement-Anonymise/1912506

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  2. Tony Ortega recalled in the comment section of his blog that Liberation in France reported that Scientology was indeed planning its first Ideal Org in France to be in Saint-Denis.

    The story is below.

    Liberation: Saint-Denis : les scientologues lancent le siège, les élus résistent.

    https://www.liberation.fr/france/20...s-lancent-le-siege-les-elus-resistent_1722247.


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    Saint-Denis: Scientologists launch siege, elected officials resist

    By Robin d'Angelo - April 18, 2019 at 8:46 PM

    The American organization, which bought a building of over 7,000 square meters for 33 million euros, intends to strengthen its presence in France. The town hall is opposed but struggles to find means of action.

    The facade of the building is currently anonymous. Soon it will be adorned with the eight-pointed cross of Scientology. In Saint-Denis, the sectarian movement is preparing to set up its new headquarters in France. A 7,331 square meter glass octagon, five storeys high. The building is a showcase of choice, close to the Stade du France, unmissable for motorists entering Paris via the A1 motorway. According to the architectural plans that Liberation consulted, the project promises to be flashy. The building is to accommodate an auditorium with 720 seats, cinemas, a fitness area, a library, training rooms, dozens of offices and even four saunas. On the ground floor, a bookstore entirely dedicated to Ron Hubbard, the founder of the movement, who died in 1986, will be open to the public. With of course a life-size replica of his office from the 1970s, as is the case in all Scientology buildings around the world.

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