More surveillance of radical imams: Sarkozy

22nd July 2005, Comments 0 comments

CALVI, France, July 22 (AFP) - French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy promised Friday to step up surveillance of radical Islamic clerics following the wave of failed bomb attacks in London.

CALVI, France, July 22 (AFP) - French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy promised Friday to step up surveillance of radical Islamic clerics following the wave of failed bomb attacks in London.

"Everyone in France has the right to practice his religion ... but when you look at the age of these young suicide bombers in London you can see the influence of radical preachers on these weak spirits. I do not intend to tolerate it," he said on a visit to Corsica.

"We have decided that we must increase our means for video surveillance, speed up the introduction of the latest in telephone technology and information-processing and launch a large-scale project for the early detection of radicalising elements," the minister said.

Sarkozy, who is also head of the ruling Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) party, said the decision was taken after he spoke to Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin and anti-terrorist experts Thursday evening.

After the July 7 bombings in London Sarkozy said France will expel imams who preach violence.

© AFP

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