France to expel ten radicalIslamists by end of August

29th July 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, July 28 (AFP) - France will expel more than 10 radical Islamists by the end of next month including an Algerian who was to be deported as early as this week, Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy said Thursday amid moves to tighten counter-terrorism measures.

PARIS, July 28 (AFP) - France will expel more than 10 radical Islamists by the end of next month including an Algerian who was to be deported as early as this week, Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy said Thursday amid moves to tighten counter-terrorism measures.

"This week an Algerian national known for his hateful statements about our country and brother of a man who is in jail will be expelled," Sarkozy said in an interview with the newspaper Parisien to be published Friday.

"Ten other people, identified for promoting radical Islamist talk will be sent back to their country of origin by the end of August," he said.

After the July 7 bombings in London Sarkozy had said that France would expel radical Muslim clergymen who preach violence.

Sarkozy also pledged "zero tolerance" for Muslim leaders who encourage attacks such as the London carnage and said he would strip them of their French nationality.

"For those who are French nationals, I want to relaunch procedures to strip them of their nationality," he told the Parisien.

Sarkozy also came out in favour of "stepped-up surveillance of the passengers of certain international flights".

He said people travelling to "sensitive destinations" such as Pakistan, Syria and Afghanistan that are considered stopping points on the way to Baghdad would be more closely controlled.

He added that least seven people from France have been killed in those countries while fighting for Al-Qaeda, some of them in suicide attacks, and about 10 others are still there.

Taser stun guns, of the kind used to detain one of the suspects in the London bombings, would also be provided to several French police departments to allow them to detain aggressive suspects, Sarkozy said.

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