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France expels Tunisian recruiting nationals for Syria

IANS  |  Paris 

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve Saturday ordered with "the absolute urgency", the expulsion of a Tunisian man accused of recruiting young French nationals to join fighting in Syria.

Following "the threat that his presence posed to public safety and security of the state," the 28-year-old man from Grenoble, southeast France, was sent home Thursday night on "his key role in recruitment drive for Jihad in Syria", Xinhua reported.

With the anti-jihadist plan, unveiled April 23, France decided to deport immediately foreign nationals involved in Jihad cells, to boost cyber security and have close contact with jihadists' families to fight against recruitment drive for jihad.

"This measure as the overall plan will continue to be applied firmly and decisively," the minister stressed.

Last month, an Algerian national had been deported after being suspected of recruiting young French Muslims to join the Syrian civil war, the first case since the government announced tough measures to stem nationals' radicalisation that could put the country's security on edge.

About 700 French nationals and residents had joined Syrian civil war while 285 were still in the country.

First Published: Sat, June 14 2014. 22:58 IST