“No one has a magic formula for ‘de-radicalization,’ as if you might de-install dangerous software,” Philippe said.
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France's prime minister Friday announced steps including prison isolation zones and more stringent licensing rules for faith-based schools to combat what he called a slow-burning threat from Islamist radicalization.In a traditionally Catholic country that is home to Europe's largest Muslim community, President Emmanuel Macron has already imposed tougher legislation after attacks by Islamist militants killed more than 230 people in the past three years.France is particularly keen to stop extremism flourishing in its prisons, where some of the militants behind attacks in recent years first came under the spell of hard-liners.A total of 512 people are currently serving time for terrorism offenses in France and a further 1,139 prisoners have been flagged up as being radicalized.
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