Protesters demonstrated outside France's first de-radicalisation centre on Saturday
Locals have been protesting against the jihadi rehab centre since it first opened its doors to would-be extremists last September.
In January, a boarder at the centre was caught trying to travel to Syria on a day's leave, sparking a fresh wave of protests.
Officials have asked for the centre to close for one month to figure out "what went wrong" and why the programme had "not lived up to expectations".
But those living in Beaumont-en-Veron, France have called on the government to close the jihadi rehab centre "for good".
On Saturday, protesters gathered outside the centre brandishing placards declaring "Jihadist = danger" and "Government lies = anger," amid fears the so-called boot camp would turn their once-peaceful town into a hotbed of radicalised Muslims.
Catherine Bideau, a local resident, said the government had "failed to fulfil its promise to protect locals against terrorism" by "forcing them" to live side by side with convicted Islamists.
Locals have been protesting against the jihadi rehab centre since it first opened
She said: "The de-radicalisation centre should be shut immediately. Government officials lied to us.
They told us that the centre would help tackle homegrown extremism, that radicalised youths would come voluntarily, and that only those who had never been convicted for acts linked to terrorism would be allowed in.
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"But at least three of the boarders turned out to be convicted jihadists on the government's terrorist watch list!"
Nathalie Yvonnet, another local, also thinks that the anti-jihadist rehabilitation centre should close its doors.
She said: "The centre is located less than three miles from a nuclear power station – it's a prime target for terrorists."
Socialist interior minister Bruno Le Roux, however, told the French radio station Europe 1 on Friday that the centre was to remain open.
Officials have asked for the centre to close for one month
He said: "No terror-related incidents have been reported in the area..
"The de-radicalisation centre will not close."
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