France closes its first and only de-radicalization center because project completely failed

The government announced the closure of the first and only “de-radicalization” center in France, Le Monde reports.

“Despite many efforts from government side, the experience has not been conclusive,”  France’s Interior Ministry Beauvau said on Saturday.

The Pontourny center, situated in the middle of the French countryside, near the Loire Valley, has sat empty since February. At that time, a prominent senator described the project as a “total fiasco.

The French government’s flagship program to deradicalize jihadists has been a “total failure” and must be “completely reconceptualized,” according to the initial conclusions of a parliamentary fact-finding commission on deradicalization.