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France expels Franco-Moroccan for terrorist activities.

PARIS, Sept 23 (KUNA) -- France announced late Tuesday that it expelled a naturalised Franco-Moroccan after his French nationality was withdrawn because of convictions on terrorist offences and when he was denied last-minute appeals for asylum in this country. A statement from the Interior Ministry said that Ahmed Sahnouni Al Yaaqoubi was expelled to Morocco after serving a seven-year sentence he received in 2013 for "criminal association with the aim of preparing a terrorist action." The Franco-Moroccan, who obtained citizenship in France in 2002, was deprived of his French nationality "in line with the Constitution" and therefore was sent home, the statement said. France does not normally expel or extradite its own nationals to third countries and Al-Yaaqoubi is sought by authorities in Morocco. It is the first time since 2007 that France has withdrawn nationality from one of its citizens of foreign origin and the decision in this case was approved last April after an appeal to France's highest Constitutional Court. The Interior Ministry also said that while in prison, Al-Yaaqoubi "was behind the radicalisation of several fellow prisoners." He was viewed as presenting "a particularly serious threat to public security," the statement said. The Interior Ministry indicated that it has so far expelled 17 people of foreign nationalities this year because of their links with terrorism. (end) jk.ibi

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