France deports two Muslim extremists
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France deports two Muslim extremists

Other foreign militants to follow, says Interior Ministry

French President Nicolas Sarkozy stands by soldiers carrying a coffin during a ceremony to pay homage to the three soldiers believed killed by Mohamed Merah (photo credit: AP/Jacques Brinon)
French President Nicolas Sarkozy stands by soldiers carrying a coffin during a ceremony to pay homage to the three soldiers believed killed by Mohamed Merah (photo credit: AP/Jacques Brinon)

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.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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