"A sole, small group of Qatari investors has just purchased land in the commune of Epeigné-les-Bois. It is close to but above the village so that our eglise-mosque can be seen from a significant distance – just like the Shard in London is widely visible and can be seen from many parts of the city.
Our new eglise-mosque won't be as high as the Shard, which is 284.7 metres. The main tower will be 120.4 metres high.
"We understand that the existing church needs urgent repairs. The Qatari investors may be help but as yet nothing has been agreed.
"Unfortunately at this early stage there is very little more detail that I can reveal. Our representative in France, Pregado Brochet, has done a great job in these lengthy and delicate negotiations. He will be available for interview later on Wednesday."
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