(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF REUTERS)
French police escort firebrand Swiss imam to the border
An Egyptian-born Swiss Muslim cleric was expelled from France on Saturday for past remarks and behavior that posed a serious threat to public order, the French Interior Ministry said in a statement.
Hani Ramadan was arrested in Colmar, in northeastern France, where he was expected to take part in a conference.
“Interior Minister Matthias Fekl, ordered Hani Ramadan to be returned to Switzerland this evening,” the statement said.
Ramadan is known to have spoken and behaved in a way that posed a serious threat to public order, it said.
France is under heightened alert following a spate of attacks by Islamist militants since January 2015 that have killed more than 230 people. The threat posed by radical Islamist militants is a hot button in the French April-May presidential election.
(Reporting by Bate Felix; Editing by Matthew Lewis)