France Preparing Anti-Terror Law to Combat Home-Grown Radicals

French President Francois Hollande’s government is preparing a law to fight home-grown terrorists that will allow the arrest of suspects for activities outside of France.

Under the new law, training in camps abroad, advocating terrorism on the Internet, and recruiting or organizing recruitment abroad will be considered as terrorist activities.

The government, which has a majority in both chambers of the Parliament, wants the law to be voted on before the end of the year, government spokeswoman Najat Vallaud-Belkacem told reporters today in Paris after the weekly Cabinet meeting.

The initiative comes seven months after a self-proclaimed jihadist murdered seven people, including three Jewish children, over a nine-day shooting spree in southwestern France.

Mohamed Merah, 23, who traveled to Afghanistan and Pakistan for training, was killed by police in a shoot-out in Toulouse. The government subsequently increased control over Muslim clerics and has sought to ban hard-line clerics from entering the country.

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