France says more than 1000 citizens joined armed groups

French Interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve said 60 French citizens were killed abroad, fighting for terror groups

France says more than 1000 citizens joined armed groups

World Bulletin / News Desk

At least 1,000 French nationals are linked to armed organizations around the globe, especially in Iraq and Syria, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said.

Cazeneuve's comments came on Monday in an interview with BFM TV and RMC broadcasting network. He said  there are at least 380 French nationals who are fighting for ISIL. 

About 60 of the fighters have died and another 180 are believed to be en route to Iraq and Syria to join armed groups such as ISIL and al-Qaeda, Cazeneuve said.

French authorities estimate that there are about 200 French nationals who have returned to France after participating in severity activities around the world.

In November two French nationals appeared in an ISIL video that showed the beheadings of an American hostage and 18 Syrian soldiers.

Meanwhile German authorities said some 3,000 citizens of Western European countries, including 400 Germans, have joined ISIL  with 1,132 of them being French nationals.

Cazenueve has submitted a bill to the French parliament which stipulates that those suspected of traveling to conflict zones abroad to join armed organizations will lose their French identity cards. The bill is still being debated in the French parliament.

He also expressed the need to close websites since 90 percent of them were recruited through the internet.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 30 Aralık 2014, 13:02