Keyword: Syria

Fall of Aleppo reveals fault lines in French politics

The end of the battle for Syria's second city and the plight of its civilians have drawn different responses from across France's political spectrum. On the Right the line taken by conservative presidential candidate François Fillon has been close to that of the far-right Front National, with his defence of the Assad regime and Vladimir Putin. The ruling Socialist Party and the Greens have emphasised their support for Syria's opposition, while the radical left presidential candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon has adopted an anti-imperialist stance, with the United States as his main target. Lénaïg Bredoux, Lucie Delaporte and Christophe Gueugneau report.

France seeks UN sanctions against Syria chemical attack perpetrators

Foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault called on the United Nations Security Council to vote a resolution that places those who commit chemical attacks in Syria under sanctions, adding that the Syrian army and the Islamic State group had used chemical weapons agaisnt civilians 'on at least three occasions'.

France and UK seek EU condemnation of Russia over Syria bombings

Diplomatic sources said Paris and London have also raised the prospect of sanctions on 12 Russians involved in the Syrian conflict, adding them to the EU's list of some 200 people that also includes three Iranians, with similar sanctions against Syrian individuals.

Three arrested in Germany suspected of links to Paris attacks group

The three Syrians, who police suspect were a 'sleeper cell', appear to have travelled via the same traffickers as three suicide bombers who blew themselves up near Paris in November 2015.

Paris gas canister car: arrested women 'directed by IS in Syria'

Paris prosecutor François Molins, who said a terror cell had been dismantled, said it showed Islamic State 'wants to create female fighters'.

French foreign minister urges UN to condemn Syria chemical attacks

Jean-Marc Ayrault called for the UN Security Council, which includes Russia, to take a stand over Syrian government troops use of toxic gases.

French girl, 16, held over alleged support for Islamic State

According to Paris prosecutor’s office the 'extremely radicalised' girl was using a social media app to spread calls by IS to commit violent acts.

Relative of Charlie Hebdo attacker arrested en route to Syria

Mourad Hamyd, brother-in-law of Cherif Kouachi who was behind the January 2015 maagazine attack, was detained in Bulgaria.

France Islamic State trial: seven jailed for training in Syria

Belgium has also extradited to France Mohamed Amri and Ali Oulkadi, accused of having helped Salah Abdeslam in November Paris attacks.

French special forces helping Syrian rebels on the ground

The special forces, who are advising rebels hoping to retake IS-held town of Manbij, will not engage in combat with ISIS militants, a French official said.

Soldier in France stabbed over 'Syrian bombing'

Soldier in serious condition after being stabbed in southern France by two men who reportedly criticised French airstrikes against IS in Syria.

France grants asylum to family forced into hiding after fleeing Syria

Campaign in Béziers in southern France to allow Al Elfi family to stay succeeded after a decision to expel them was overturned.

The story of a French jihadist who returned from Syria

By Feriel Alouti

A French jihadist who enrolled in Syria with the al-Nusra Front, allied to al-Qaeda, speaks here about the reasons he left for the war-torn country, his life on the ground and what happened when he returned to France where he is now due to be tried on charges of helping to prepare a terrorist attack. In this, his first interview, the young Muslim convert tells Feriel Alouti: “I don’t minimize what I did but was I a threat to France at any given moment? I went there to help Syrians, not to kill French people”.

'France aware of imminence of Abaaoud attacks' claims press report

Le Parisien, citing intelligence documents, said France began bombing Syria last September to hit IS camp of Paris attacks ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaoud.

Anthropologist Scott Atran on why Islamic State is a wider threat than realised

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Anthropologist Scott Atran, a research fellow with Oxford University who also teaches at University of Michigan and John Jay College in New York, is a leading expert in the study of the motivations of those who join jihadist ranks and the rise of the Islamic State group, and advises governments and international organizations on the issue. In this interview with Joseph Confavreux, he argues that the draw of IS is widely misunderstood, is not limited to disenfranchised communities, and that the organization can only be overcome by a different military, political and psychological approach by Western nations.