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Are France's prisons turning out terrorists?

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Investigators during a police operation during which Strasbourg gunman Chérif Chekatt was killed
Investigators during a police operation during which Strasbourg gunman Chérif Chekatt was killed © REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Strasbourg gunman Chérif Chekatt had served 27 prison sentences, in France, Germany and Switzerland, and was about to be arrested again. Are France's overcrowded prisons churning out terrorists? Is the French approach to secularism a self-fulfilling prophecy? Is there an alternative approach to tackling radicalisation? Tony Cross explains to RFI's David Coffey.

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