Pi­o­neer cen­ter for Is­lamic ‘de­rad­i­cal­iza­tion’ closed

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD - — Jes­sica Chas­mar

France has an­nounced it will shut­ter its first and only de­rad­i­cal­iza­tion cen­ter for Is­lamic ex­trem­ists, say­ing op­er­at­ing the cen­ter on a purely vol­un­tary ba­sis was un­suc­cess­ful.

The Pon­tourny cen­ter has sat empty since Fe­bru­ary and only saw a to­tal of nine par­tic­i­pants, none of whom com­pleted the pro­gram, the Min­is­ter of the In­te­rior an­nounced in a state­ment Fri­day. The Cen­ter for Pre­ven­tion, In­te­gra­tion and Cit­i­zen­ship was one of 12 cen­ters planned across the coun­try. It of­fered a 10-month pro­gram for de-rad­i­cal­iza­tion and first opened in Septem­ber of last year.

The min­istry said Fri­day that it would con­tinue to seek al­ter­na­tives to im­pris­on­ing ji­hadists.

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