Despite thousands of French nationals having been radicalized, the country's controversial first centre for deradicalization stands empty, just five months after opening. But the French government refuses to close it.

The centre at Beaumont-sur-Vernon in the Indre-et-Loire department of central France opened in September, despite much opposition from local residents and politicians.

Its aim was to free those who have been convinced by the ideology of jihadism and help them reintegrate into society.

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