Bringing them back in France’s own interest?
Sara, whose brother left for Syria in 2015, doesn’t understand why the government hasn’t acted long ago — out of its own interest.
Her brother left for Syria “to help his Muslim brothers” and is now incarcerated there. He has had two children with two French women, all held in Kurdish camps.
“Many of the people in the camps are dangerous – we shouldn’t leave them there!” she said to DW. “During a recent attack, the Kurds opened the gates and several women managed to flee including the widow of Amedy Coulibaly, who committed an attack on the Jewish supermarket Hypercacher in Paris in 2015.”
“People like her can now join IS again and carry out new attacks on French soil – that’s really scary!” she added.
Catherine thinks nonetheless that there might be a silver lining. “President Macron recently appointed the very assertive Eric Dupont-Moretti as Justice Minister, who repeatedly spoke out in favour of repatriating French IS members,” she said. “If someone can convince the government to change course, it’s him!”