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France's first and only deradicalisation centre was shut down last week prompting questions over the country's lack of an effective strategy to handle a pressing problem that has attracted plenty of state funding but no solutions.

It opened in September with much fanfare as news cameras trailed officials through an 18th-century French castle refitted with modern classrooms emptying onto a sun-dappled stone courtyard and single-inhabitant bedrooms sporting clean, cheery sheets.

The problem though was that there weren't too many takers for France's first and only deradicalisation centre.


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