PARIS (AP) — France says it has expelled an Algerian Islamist extremist and a radical Muslim preacher from Mali, and that it is in the process of deporting a Saudi Muslim prayer leader.
Extremist Muslims from abroad are being targeted as part of a French crackdown after the deadly March attacks in the southwest city of Toulouse by a 23-year-old claiming links to al-Qaeda.
The French Interior Ministry said Monday that other individuals it plans to expel include a Tunisian militant and a Turkish imam.
Three paratroopers, a rabbi and three young Jewish schoolchildren were killed in the March attacks. The alleged shooter, Mohamed Merah, was killed after a 32-hour standoff with police.
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