A French court will this month test a de-radicalisation programme for people convicted of offences related to radical Islam, with the exception of terrorist acts, French newspaper Le Parisien reported Wednesday.

"We have an important preventative role to play," Jean-François Thony, the attorney general of Colmar in eastern France who is overseeing the project, told the daily. "This is why we want to implement this programme. We want to ensure that someone's radicalisation does not one day result in a terrorist act.

"We cannot wait; it is urgent that we act," he added.

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