France Launches First Rehab Facility For Jihadis [VIDEO]

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The first of 12 French de-radicalization facilities will open in October to help jihadis move beyond old ways of thinking through a year-long personalized program.

France’s radicalization problem has spun out of control with some 15,000 people currently being monitored by authorities. More than 230 civilians have been killed in terror attacks since the start of 2015, and Prime Minister Manuel Valls recently said more attacks are inevitable in the future. (RELATED: France Monitors 15,000 Radicals, Foils Terror Attacks ‘Every Day’)

The government is spending 40 million euros ($44.9 million) on opening a de-radicalization facility in each of the country’s 12 regions. The first facility was unveiled Tuesday and will host 25 patients between the ages of 19 and 30, starting in October.

“These are individuals who are at a breaking point in their identity, who hold hate speeches against the West,” Psychologist Amélie Boukhobza told BFMTV. “We will work with them around the clock, so we can truly hope to change things, to work, and to tackle this together with them.”

The prospective jihadists will be housed at Château de Pontourny, an 18th century manor in central France.

The facility will be open to people on a volunteer basis, and houses individuals who are “looking for a way out” of their radicalization. The days will consist of group activities and workshops on religion and the French Republic, with personalized schedules for each patient.


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