France deports Tunisian Islamist for threatening reporters

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France on Friday arrested and deported a Tunisian Islamist suspected of wanting to harm two reporters, the interior ministry said.

The 36-year-old from a Paris suburb was known as being “close” to radical Islam and had “several times shown willingness to take part in the jihad in Syria” with a group linked to Al-Qaeda named Jabhat al Nusra, said the ministry in a statement.

The man was allegedly “implicated in several plans of violence notably relating to two journalists”.

“In light of these elements, this individual constituted a real threat to state and public security,” the ministry said.

Quoted in the statement, Interior Minister Manuel Valls reiterated “France's engagement in fighting terrorism and that people who advocate violence will not be tolerated”.

Since May 2012, a number of suspected Islamic radicals have been expelled from France, including a Tunisian imam at a mosque in Paris.

In May authorities deported a 24-year-old Moroccan who had repeatedly called for attacks on France and in other European countries.

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