France's first centre for deradicalization is set to close after less than a year, the government announced on Friday.

The Pontourney centre in central France was inaugurated in September 2016 with the aim of working with young people to convince them to turn their backs on extremism. Officially labelled a centre for 'Reintegration and Citizenship', it was targeted at 18-30-year-olds who had been exposed to radical ideologies.

But the Interior Ministry said on Friday that "the experiment has not been conclusive" and that the centre would be permanently closed.

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