Vol. 5 Num 418 Sat. July 30, 2005  

France to expel 10 radical Muslims

France will expel more than 10 radical Islamists by the end of next month including an Algerian who was to be deported as early as this week, Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy said Thursday amid moves to tighten counter-terrorism measures.

"This week an Algerian national known for his hateful statements about our country and brother of a man who is in jail will be expelled," Sarkozy said in an interview with the newspaper Parisien to be published Friday.

"Ten other people, identified for promoting radical Islamist talk will be sent back to their country of origin by the end of August," he said.

After the July 7 bombings in London Sarkozy had said that France would expel radical Muslim clergymen who preach violence.

Sarkozy also pledged "zero tolerance" for Muslim leaders who encourage attacks such as the London carnage and said he would strip them of their French nationality.