PARIS, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- France has expelled another alleged Islamist in a new crackdown against extremism, the government announced Friday.
Amar Heraz, described as a part-time preacher, was expelled to his native Algeria, the Interior Ministry announced.
Heraz was sentenced to 18 months in prison in January 1999, for participating in an alleged extremist group.
He had been forbidden entry into France in 2000, but managed to sneak in illegally. He was caught in April 2005, and sentenced to three months in prison for illegal entry into the country.
French authorities reportedly suspect Heraz is part of a radical Muslim group bent on taking over a Paris mosque.
French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy previously said roughly 10 radical Muslim preachers would be expelled from the country by the end of August.