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European Journal

France: Rural Detention for Terrorist Suspects

Suspected Islamists who the authorities are unable to deport are instead being imprisoned in rural areas.

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What are the authorities to do with foreign Islamists who are classed as constituting a threat, but cannot be found guilty of any crimes? In 13 cases the French government has decided to keep the men in detention. Some have been to prison before for planning terrorist attacks, such as Merouane Benhamed. He’s been detained now with his family in a small town in the picturesque southwest of the country for 18 months.