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France expels Islamist militant
French Muslims pray in front of Adda Wa mosque in Paris
Several French citizens have died fighting for al-Qaeda
French authorities have expelled an Algerian man believed to have links to a terrorist network, the French interior ministry has announced.

Khellaf Hamam, 38, was repatriated by boat from the port city of Marseilles.

Hamam was arrested in 2003 and convicted of recruiting and training youths for the jihad - the Holy War - in Bosnia and Afghanistan.

France has expelled four radical Islamists in the wake of the July bomb attacks in London.

French authorities are currently planning to expel 10 more people over the next few weeks.

The zero-tolerance policy towards religious figures who preach hatred and other Islamic extremists was introduced as a preventive measure against possible attacks in France.

The country has also restored border controls with its EU neighbours.

Since the beginning of the year, France has arrested a number of Islamists believed to be recruiting jihad fighters.

In July, French interior minister Nicolas Sarkozy told a newspaper that at least seven French citizens had died fighting "for al-Qaeda's cause" in Iraq and elsewhere, some of them in suicide attacks.

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