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France Lets Man Who Was On Terror Watch List Become Police Officer

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Jacob Bojesson Foreign Correspondent

A man who had previously been on a terror watch list for being a known radical Islamist has been admitted to France’s police force, news site RTL reports.

The man was reportedly unaware that was under surveillance when he applied to join the armed forces. After being rejected, he instead tried to join the police force and was accepted Sept. 22 after successfully finishing the required training.

The man has been recruited as an Adjoint de Securité, a junior role below police officers that involves patrolling the streets and administrative work. France’s intelligence service DGSI received information about the man’s behavior in 2012 and shared details with the interior minister, who oversees the police force. He has since been removed from the terror watch list.

In addition to the man, 17 other officers have raised concerns for commanding officers over the behavior, according to The Local. Four of them are converts to Islam.

A series of anti-terror laws expected to come into effect Nov. 1 will increase background checks on police recruits. The laws will also give more power to authorities and effectively put the country in a permanent state of emergency.

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