New sweeping measures to counter homegrown extremism announced by the French government are not enough to deal with longer term social divisions within the country.
That was the warning from French Prime Minister Manuel Valls as he presented his multi-million euro package to parliament following the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.
“I don’t forget that before the tragic events that we went through, we had a problem of exclusion in society, which doesn’t only concern urban centres. And there was a more general feeling felt by some of being left on the outside, an identity crisis, and crisis of confidence towards public officials and the powerful elite. All of these elements remain …despite the recent show solidarity by the people of France,” said Prime Minister Manuel Valls
Over three years, nearly 2,700 people will be recruited – many into security. More than 400 million euros will be invested in new equipment including better weapons
and surveillance will be stepped up on suspects.
But there are also to be sixty extra Muslim clerics to be employed in prisons to deter radicalism among inmates – it is one of the prime minister’s new measures which recognises that tackling the problem before it develops may offer more protection.