‘No Communal Repatriation’: France Says Won’t Take Back Daesh Fighters, Families

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Thursday’s talks saw the G7 agree on the crucial importance of finding ways to prevent the “dispersal of foreign terrorist fighters and their families” around Europe and the US.

French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner has dismissed earlier reports that his country is floating an idea of repatriating Daesh* militants and their families detained in Syria after the self-proclaimed “caliphate” of the terrorist group was finally eliminated in the last Daesh stronghold of Baghouz in March.

“It’s logical that our services considered all hypotheses. This was one of the hypotheses they prepared”, Castaner said at a press conference on Friday on the heels of the G7 interior minister talks in Paris.

He further stated that no communal repatriation was ever viewed as a possible option, reiterating that france would still consider bringing back terrorists’ children, “either orphans or [children] isolated from their parents”, but on a “case-by-case basis”.

According to the UN children’s agency UNICEF, around 3,000 foreign children from 43 countries are housed at the Al-Hol camp in Syria alone, which has taken in the most people fleeing the Daesh “caliphate” in recent weeks.

French daily newspaper Liberation released an article on Thursday reporting that in early March, the government had been prepared to bring home around 250 men, women, and children, but had to abandon the plan following public outrage…

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