Hardline Islamists 'recruiting in French jails'

3rd May 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, May 2 (AFP) - The French internal security service has warned of a growing danger of young criminals being recruited by hostile hard-line Islamists in French prisons, including about 100 jailed on terrorism-related charges, the daily Le Figaro said Monday.

PARIS, May 2 (AFP) - The French internal security service has warned of a growing danger of young criminals being recruited by hostile hard-line Islamists in French prisons, including about 100 jailed on terrorism-related charges, the daily Le Figaro said Monday.  

Increasing contacts inside prisons between young prisoners and hard-line Islamic extremists "constitutes a time-bomb when they leave prison," the internal security service, the DCRG, was quoted as saying.  

The newspaper said the radical Islamists pin up posters of Al-Qaeda leader Osama Ben Laden in their cells, destroy Bibles belonging to Christian prisoners and preach hatred of France, and Jews in particular.   

In a bid to curb hate-filled Islam, the French justice ministry is seeking to appoint a Muslim chaplain-general to oversee religious teaching in the prisons, Le Figaro added.  

It said the interior ministry, meanwhile, was concerned that prison contacts were leading to growing "collusion between the world of crime and certain Islamists".

 

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Subject: French News

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