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France's deradicalization centers seen as a 'total fiasco'
by James McAuley
A bipartisan report in the French Senate minced no words in describing this country's efforts to "deradicalize" former and future terrorists.
The French government's attempt — including the controversial opening of a deradicalization center in the middle of the countryside — was a "total fiasco," in the words of Philippe Bas, a senator from the center-right Republicans party.
Among the most damning elements in the report was a firm condemnation of the planned network of 12 deradicalization centers, perhaps the most widely publicized — and criticized — element of the government's push to combat homegrown extremism.
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