France pledges 1,500 jail places to isolate radicalised inmates

rance will create 1,500 new places in its jails to isolate Islamist extremists and prevent them from converting other prisoners, the prime minister announced as he unveiled a major new plan aimed at stopping young people becoming terrorists.

“Islamist radicalisation is a menace for our society,” said Edouard Philippe, unveiling the plan that includes measures on dealing with the hundreds of French men and women – and their children – who have returned from the battlefields of Syria and Iraq or are expected to do so.

School teachers will get more training on how to spot signs that their pupils are becoming radicalised, and local authorities will be told to improve their scrutiny of the small but growing number of private Islamic schools.