Secular France moves to confront jihadism after slow start

November 26, 2014 11:41 AM

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SEINE-ST-DENIS, France (Reuters) - When Guillaume, a 22-year-old Frenchman, left jail two months ago vowing to die as a martyr for Islam, community worker Sonia Imloul had a few minutes to convince him he was on the wrong path.

In an exit interview shortly after his release, she appealed to a Muslim sense of duty toward his adoptive mother Vivienne and persuaded him to attend regular checks by educators and psychologists - a soft-touch approach to deradicalization.

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