France to unveil major clampdown on aspiring jihadists

8th July 2014, Comments 0 comments

France's interior minister is Wednesday set to unveil a bill aimed at beefing up anti-terrorism laws and preventing aspiring jihadists from fighting abroad amid concern over the number of young nationals travelling to Syria.

The bill, part of which was seen by AFP, includes a ban on foreign travel by individuals suspected of being radicalised, for a duration of up to six months.

The ban would be decided by the interior minister himself and could be extended as long as is necessary, the proposed bill says.

It also provides for tighter legislation against online recruitment, by for instance asking Internet service providers to block access to sites "that provoke acts of terrorism or praise them" -- modelled on existing rules against child pornography sites.

The French government is deeply concerned about the radicalisation of its nationals after hundreds of citizens have gone to fight with jihadists in Syria.

In May, authorities arrested Frenchman Medhi Nemmouche suspected of shooting dead four people at the Brussels Jewish Museum after spending a year fighting in Syria.

They have also deported a Tunisian accused of recruiting young jihadists to fight in Syria.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve will unveil the bill at Wednesday's weekly cabinet meeting.

© 2014 AFP

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