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Muslim prison chaplains try to fight Islamist radicalisation

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Fresnes prison
Fresnes prison AFP Photo/MATTHIEU ALEXANDRE

Muslims make up more than half of France’s prison population but there are only 182 Muslim chaplains who can lead prayer sessions and provide spiritual guidance, compared to the nearly 700 Catholic and 350 Protestant chaplains. In an attempt to fight Islamic radicalisation in prisons, the French government is looking to add 60 more Muslim prison chaplains. But the imams themselves question their ability to spot radicals, as one told RFI.

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