French ‘de-radicalisation’ pioneer in court over embezzlement charges

Once considered one of France’s leading figures in the fight to “de-radicalise” prospective jihadists, Sonia Imloul on Monday went on trial over accusations she embezzled as much as €60,000 and failed to pay her employees.

Imloul garnered wide attention in 2014 for creating one of the country’s first organisations dedicated to helping the families of teenagers lured into joining the ranks of the Islamic State (IS) group. Less than three years later she faces embezzlement charges, amid growing concerns that France is failing to identify and rehabilitate would-be terrorists.