Macron plan to tackle ex­trem­ism

Irish Examiner - - World News -

Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron says the French state fu­elled home-grown ex­trem­ism by aban­don­ing its poor­est ar­eas as he promised tough and “some­times au­thor­i­tar­ian” mea­sures to com­bat the prob­lem. The pledge is part of Macron’s multi­bil­lion-euro plan fo­cus­ing on subur­ban hous­ing projects plagued by crime and un­em­ploy­ment. Macron was un­usu­ally harsh in his crit­i­cism of pre­vi­ous govern­ments, say­ing rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion took root be­cause the state ab­di­cated its re­spon­si­bil­ity in im­pov­er­ished pub­lic hous­ing, with ex­trem­ist preach­ers filling the void. He said his gov­ern­ment will present about 15 mea­sures to fight rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion.

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