For a long time French overseas territories have been spared armed jihadism and the phenomenon of young people heading off for the war zones of Syria and Iraq. But the recent trial in Paris of a young man from La Réunion in the Indian Ocean for a conspiracy to carry out a terrorist act has changed that. The conviction of Naïl Varatchia also challenges the widely-perceived idea that the Muslim community on the island is an example of tolerance. Julien Sartre reports.
Larossi Abballa posted on Facebook a live 13-minute video of himself in the home of his dead victims' with their three-year-old son who he had hostage.
Heavy security is planned for ceremonies honouring the 17 victims of the shootings that took place in Paris from January 7th to 9th, 2015.
French interior minister says a 25-year-old, under surveillance, was arrested last month over plan to attack major French Mediterranean naval base.
Salim Benghalem, 35, said to be one of captors who held four French reporters, who were freed in April 2014 after 10 months in captivity.
The Paris public prosecutor said one of three men arrested this week for plan to attack a French naval base admitted receiving orders from Syria.
Gilles Le Guen, 60, faces ten years in jail for allegedly collaborating with Al-Qaeda’s branch in Mali, where he was captured in 2013.
The suspects from Toulouse and Albi are believed to have handled questionable money transfers and recruited candidates to wage jihad.
Another jihadist complains that 'they make me do all the washing' as grim reality of life in Syria sinks in for young French Islamist recruits.
The man, who features in the film showing IS militants beheading hostages, has been named as Islamic convert Michael Dos Santos, 22.
South Korean-born Flavien Moreau was the first French national to receive a jail term for joining jihadist fighters in Syria.
Three French alleged jihadists expelled by Turkey arrived unchecked in France after they were sent on a flight to Marseille instead of Paris.
Interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve said suspect had 'key role' in recruiting French youths in Strasbourg and Toulouse and sending them to Syria.
Meriam Rhaiem, 25, made headlines earlier this year with an emotional appeal to recognise her baby girl, aged 2, as 'the youngest French hostage'.