‘Jihadi Rehab’ Deradicalisation Centre Closes Doors Because Extremists Didn’t Volunteer to Take Part

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France’s only Islamic deradicalisation centre is shutting its doors permanently after less than half of the places in the programme were filled. The radicalisation of young Muslims is a growing problem in France and other European countries. The French Interior ministry came up with a plan to “deradicalise” those who had fallen into the radical Islamist scene by setting up a “jihadi-rehab” centre, officially named the “Centre for Prevention, Reintegration, and Citizenship” in Beaumont-en-Véron last year. The French Interior Ministry has just announced that the centre will close due to a lack of voluntary participation saying that they could only fill nine of the 25 places available L’Express reports. Of the nine individuals who did volunteer to take part in the programme, none actually completed the course. Minister of the Interior, Gérard Collomb said Friday, “Despite the competence, determination and investment of the staff of the centre, who have demonstrated their know-how to ensure the multidisciplinary care of the beneficiaries, the experiment has not been conclusive.” Collomb said that the ministry has ordered an immediate repurpose of the centre but said the government would continue to pursue a programme of deradicalisation but likely on a much smaller scale. The centre was