One of the largest Muslim places of worship in France, the Paris Grand Mosque, has the capacity to host about 5,000 people at any one time.
Still, by the time the imam had concluded his sermon on Friday, worshippers were taking up position to pray in any niche they could find.
The service contained a grim and increasingly frequent addendum: the condemnation of yet another attack carried of by a supporter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, or ISIS) group. "Some prejudiced people want to associate Islam with these actions," the imam said in Arabic: "But Islam is innocent of what happened."
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