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France beefs up plan against Islamic extremism

May 09, 2016 - 6:38 AM

PARIS - France's prime minister Manuel Valls has presented a series of measures to strengthen the government's plan to fight Islamic extremism.

The plan includes the creation of de-radicalization facilities in every region of the country by 2017, to provide long-term stay to people willing to "reintegrate" into society.

The first centre is to open in summer, Valls said Monday. He did not give details of how the centres would work.

The government also wants to create a specific intelligence unit within the prison administration and to conduct closer surveillance of people working in sensitive sites, such as train stations, airports and chemical plants to keep out radicalized people, Valls said.

The new measures come in addition to previous counter-terrorism plans announced in 2014 and 2015.

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