The story of a French jihadist who returned from Syria

By Feriel Alouti

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His appearance is plain, his clothes as ordinary as can be. His face is round and juvenile and the beard he sports is dense but short. Only the hands show a certain agitation, trembling a little as he prepares to tell his unusual story, that of a jihadist who joined up to fight in Syria against the regime of Bashar al-Assad.