France’s ‘deradicalisation gravy train’ runs out of steam

France’s first and only deradicalisation centre was shut down last week prompting questions over the country’s lack of an effective strategy to handle a pressing problem that has attracted plenty of state funding but no solutions.

It opened in September with much fanfare as news cameras trailed officials through an 18th-century French castle refitted with modern classrooms emptying onto a sun-dappled stone courtyard and single-inhabitant bedrooms sporting clean, cheery sheets.

The problem though was that there weren’t too many takers for France’s first and only deradicalisation centre.

Good read, funny even if it weren’t so deadly serious.

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