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Sarkozy Proposes Making ‘Extremist Ideology’ Illegal in France

March 24, 2012

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said he will propose new rules to fight terrorism, including a law that would make it unlawful to “propagate and praise extremist ideology.”

Campaigning in Reuil-Malmaison, France, Sarkozy said he would increase security measures after an Islamic terrorist killed seven people this month. The president, who is running for re-election in the May ballot, also promised to crack down on illegal immigration.

Socialist candidate Francois Hollande, holding a meeting on the island of Corsica, blamed Sarkozy for not improving security in France in five years.

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