Jean-Yves Le Drian recalls the French doctrine for jihadists and their families of French nationality detained in the Iraqi-Syrian zone: France repatriates children, but not adults who will have to be tried on the spot.
France will continue as far as possible to repatriate the children of French jihadists from north-eastern Syria but excludes any similar gesture for adults, reiterated the head of French diplomacy on February 14.
“For the children we will continue, for the unaccompanied minors, the orphans, for those whose mother accepts the departure […] and each time carrying out extremely dangerous operations”, declared Jean-Yves Le Drian on the France 5 channel, recalling that the area is “still at war”.
“I want to watch all this […] but on the other hand the adults no ”, he specified, reaffirming the French doctrine on the matter.
So far, 35 children, mostly orphans, have been repatriated by Paris.
About 80 French women, who had joined the terrorist organization Daesh, and 200 children are detained in Kurdish camps in northeast Syria.
Situations evaluated on a case-by-case basis
The famous French neuropsychiatrist Boris Cyrulnik urged President Emmanuel Macron in January to repatriate them, as well as their mothers, believing that they constitute a threat to our security on the spot.
Lawyers, parliamentarians, NGOs and the National Consultative Commission on Human Rights regularly urge the French authorities to repatriate them.
They maintain a case-by-case return policy for these children and consider that adults should be tried on the spot.
“There should be when the situation is stabilized in Syria, which is not the case, a jurisdiction which is identified to ensure this, otherwise there is no way out”, hammered Jean – Yves Le Drian.
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