France on Wednesday deported a Tunisian imam accused of inciting "violent jihad, uttering anti-Semitic remarks and justifying the use of violence against women."
The Interior Ministry said in a statement that Mohamed Hammami, 76, was deported to his native country Tunisia as the facts alleged against him were particularly serious.
The government has decided to be "uncompromising towards those who utter hate speeches against the Republic and our values, and to expel officials and religious activists who advocate radical Islam," Interior Minister Manuel Valls was quoted in media reports as saying.
Earlier in October, French police had launched a nationwide anti-terrorist raid to dismantle a radical Islamists cell. One suspect of a grenade attack on a Kosher grocery was killed during the raid and 12 others were arrested.