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AFP Bureau Chief: Return of French “Jihadists” a Nightmare for Paris

AFP Bureau Chief: Return of French “Jihadists” a Nightmare for Paris
AFP Bureau Chief: Return of French “Jihadists” a Nightmare for Paris

A large number of French nationals have joined the terrorist group of ISIL in Syria and Iraq, which is a great concern for the government in Paris.

Stating the above, Stepahane Barbier of AFP says an even bigger concern is that this jihadist foreign legion might one day decide to return “home” and carry out terrorist attacks on French soil.

The Tehran Bureau chief of AFP, who was addressing an audience of reporters at a press conference on Tuesday, November 10, on the sidelines of the 1st Press Exhibition, went on state that add that even though these people are French nationals, the news disseminated about them by AFP have always been impartial. He also made it clear that “no one in France wants them back, including the government.”

Government reports suggest that some 1,000 French residents or nationals have traveled to Syria and Iraq to join one of the various armed groups active in the two countries. In response to this unprecedented mobilization, a French parliamentary commission produced its final report on jihadist networks in France. The report provides an overview of the French foreign fighter mobilization for Syria and Iraq, observations on the resulting terrorist threat to France, and the fact that the French foreign fighter contingent is the largest from Western Europe.

AFP Agence France-Presse (AFP) is an international news agency headquartered in Paris. Founded in 1944, it is the third largest in the world (after Associated Press and Reuters).


Nov 11, 2015 08:40
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