The French interior
ministry expelled an Algerian Islamist and a Malian imam on Monday and is in
the process of deporting three other suspected Islamist radicals as part of a
government crackdown following last month's shootings in Toulouse.
France has expelled
two Islamic radicals and is planning to deport three more as part of a
crackdown announced after a gunman killed seven people, officials said Monday.
An Algerian radical
and a Malian imam were sent back to their home countries on Monday, while a
Saudi imam, a Turkish imam and a Tunisian radical were also subject to
expulsion orders, the interior ministry said in a statement.
The statement said
that the imams had made anti-Semitic statements in their sermons, called for
Muslims to reject Western values, and said women should wear the full-face
It said the Saudi
imam was currently out of France but would be refused entry should he try to
arrested 19 people in a crackdown on suspected Islamist networks in dawn raids
on Friday as President Nicolas Sarkozy made the battle against extremism a
keynote of his re-election campaign.
Some of the arrests
were made in Toulouse, where extremist gunman Mohamed Merah was shot dead by
police last month after a series of cold-blooded shootings that left seven
dead, including three Jewish children.
Merah, branded a
"monster" by French leaders after his killing spree, died in a hail
of police bullets after a 32-hour siege on his Toulouse flat.
France last week
banned four Muslim preachers from entering the country for a conference of the
Union of Islamic Organisations in France (UOIF), citing their "calls for
hatred and violence".
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