French Interior Minister Calls For ‘Systematic Expulsion’ Of Any Foreigner Considered Dangerous

Image of French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin.

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THE French Interior Minister has called for the ‘systematic expulsion’ from the country of any foreigner who is considered to be dangerous.

Speaking at a press conference this Sunday, October 15, Gérald Darmanin made his position very clear as far as foreigners are concerned.

‘The line of firmness is extremely clear. The identification throughout the national territory of all those who are dangerous, the systematic withdrawal of the residence permit for these foreigners and the systematic expulsion of any foreigner considered dangerous by the intelligence services’, he stated.

Darmanin referred in particular to persons registered within the FSPRT, which is the file for the treatment of reports for the prevention of radicalisation of a terrorist nature.

Around 5,100 persons are said to be currently on this list, the majority of whom are French, but it also includes foreigners who are in a regular or irregular situation, reported

‘Next Tuesday, we are going to bring together the groups which make it possible, for all the services of the State, to evaluate the persons who are on their territory, to classify them as dangerous, and of course, to be able to carry out their expulsion’, the minister continued. Since 2017, more than 800 radicalised foreigners have been expelled from France he added.

Referring to those in a regular situation, Darmanin added: ‘I have asked that the residence permits of people who are in the FSPRT file and who represent a threat to our country be systematically withdrawn’.

‘Many of these people are currently before the courts, and we will no doubt have to screen them once again, whatever their status – asylum protection, residence permit – and whatever their age since we are also noticing that radicalised people are getting much younger’, he explained.

Certain Russian citizens could also be expelled from France

Mr Darmanin also announced that he had received authorisation from President Emmanuel Macron to resume discussions with Moscow to expel Russian citizens to their country of origin, which are filed ‘S’.

There are around 60 such ‘S’ files of Russian nationality, the minister indicated. ‘At least 40 are either in prison or deprived of their liberty. That means 20 of them are therefore deportable if we agree with the Russian authorities’.

‘I will send these names to the authorities in a few hours to be able to resume the expulsions of these people’, Darmanin added.

Mohammed Mogouchkov, aged 20, has been in police custody since Saturday following the terrorist attack in the city of Arras in Pas-de-Calais.

The incident claimed the life of Dominique Bernard, a 57-year-old teacher, and injured three other people. According to the French administration, Mogouchkov was born in the predominantly Muslim Russian republic of Ingushetia in 2003 and arrived in France in 2008.

He had been followed since the summer by the General Directorate of Internal Security (DGSI). The day before the incident, the same security services had actually arrested him to check whether he was carrying a concealed weapon.

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