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France set to deport hard-line imams
by Joseph Bamat
Several hard-line Muslim preachers will be forced to leave France in the coming days, Interior Minister Manuel Valls said on Tuesday. Speaking from Brussels, where he was attending an international conference on extremist movements, Valls said the move was part of an effort to check "global jihad".
"Many radical foreign-born preachers will be deported in the coming days," Valls told reporters, adding that it was important to draw a clear distinction between mainstream Muslims and extremists.
"I am not mistaking this radical Islam for French Islam, but a certain religious environment exists, there are groups that identify themselves as Salafists," the interior minister said.
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