Tough ac­tion on ex­trem­ism

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Pres­i­dent Macron has said 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 a multi­bil­lion-euro plan fo­cus­ing on subur­ban es­tates plagued by crime and un­em­ploy­ment.

Mr Macron crit­i­cised pre­vi­ous govern­ments, say­ing rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion took root be­cause the state ab­di­cated its re­spon­si­bil­ity in im­pov­er­ished ar­eas.

Sev­eral ex­trem­ist at­tack­ers who have tar­geted France in re­cent years were raised in trou­bled French so­cial hous­ing and rad­i­calised in the coun­try.

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