Tuesday 28 March 2017

France 'not doing enough to fight radicals'

The Charlie Hebdo magazine offices in Paris were attacked on January 7
The Charlie Hebdo magazine offices in Paris were attacked on January 7

Harriet Alexander in Paris

France is continuing to ignore the threat posed by radicalisation, the former justice minister has said, despite a show of unity in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo attacks.

Rachida Dati - who in February was named the European Parliament's special rapporteur on radicalisation - said France was not doing enough to combat the extremist rhetoric aimed at its young people.

France, with the largest Muslim population in Europe, has seen more of its citizens travel to join the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil) than any other European country.

"They had the same reaction as all French people," she said, when asked about the reaction of the government to the January terrorist attacks.

"Voila. They couldn't have done anything differently.

"But the problem today is that they use that to push the problems under the carpet.

"They say: 'Oh no, we mustn't talk about that. It doesn't serve any purpose.' But be careful - we have to talk about it.

"We all have a responsibility for that. We all have a responsibility for what goes on. So don't behave as if nothing happened."

Irish Independent

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