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French Crackdown on Islamists May Provoke Future Terrorist Attacks

© AP Photo / Claude Paris / A woman wears a niqab , as she reads a magazine in a shop, in Avignon, southern France, Monday, Sept. 13, 2010.
A woman wears a niqab , as she reads a magazine in a shop, in Avignon, southern France, Monday, Sept. 13, 2010. - Sputnik International
France’s crackdown on Muslims suspected of supporting terrorism threatens to unleash additional terror attacks, Human Rights First said in a news release.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The rights group noted that marginalizing certain communities in the name of national security exacerbates conditions that lead to violence against Jews and other minorities.

"The exceptional powers granted under France’s state of emergency are actually undermining countering violent extremism work in France, by further stigmatizing Muslims and immigrants who already feel excluded from French society," Human Rights First official Susan Corke stated on Thursday.

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Last month the French parliament extended the state of emergency, which was imposed following the December terrorist attacks in Paris that killed 130 people.

The attacks were apparently planed by the Islamic State, also known as Daesh, from its self-declared caliphate in Syria, and participants included terrorists disguised as refugees.

Moreover, the rise of militant Islam has fueled attacks on Jewish worshippers, synagogues, and Jewish-owned businesses, prompting thousands of French Jews to flee the country for the United States, United Kingdom and Israel.

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According to Human Rights First, the French government is considering a constitutional amendment that would allow the government to strip dual-nationals of their French citizenship if they are convicted of terror-related offenses.

The rights group called on Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken to urge the French government to exercise restraint when he visits Paris on Friday for talks with senior government officials.

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