Secular France moves to confront jihadism after slow start




 
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November 26th, 2014  
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Topic: Secular France moves to confront jihadism after slow start


By Nicholas Vinocur and Chine Labbé SEINE-ST-DENIS, France (Reuters) - When Guillaume, a 22-year-old Frenchman, left jail two months ago vowing to die as a martyr for Islam, community worker Sonia Imloul had a few minutes to convince him he was on the wrong path. Now Guillaume is back home drinking Coca Cola - taboo for many radical Islamists - and spending time with his girlfriend. France has been slow to respond to the spread of jihadist ideology because strict state secularism forbids any incursion into individuals' religious affairs. This has created a breeding ground that has pulled in converts like Guillaume, radicalized while in prison for assaulting a police officer.




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