France fears home-grown terror from returning jihadist fighters

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The French government is under increasing pressure to deal with the problem of home-grown jihadist recruits and to combat radicalization following the appearance of French militants in Islamic State propaganda videos. CCTV America’s Kate Parkinson reported the story from Paris

Government security services are racing to identify people in a video showing them burning their French passports and calling for their countrymen to join them in Syria and Iraq, or to commit murder and destruction at home.

Authorities also said 22-year-old Maxime Hauchard is from a quiet village in northern France and they suspect he is one of the executioners in a brutal Islamic State beheading video.

There is growing concern that returning fighters could bring terror to the streets of France since nearly 100 French militants who fought with rebel groups in Syria and Iraq are now back to France.

Lawmakers said a massive amount of surveillance is needed to prevent attacks. Last month the National Assembly passed a new anti-terrorism bill to tighten surveillance on returning fighters and restrict their movement.

Lawmakers said the new legislation is also aimed at stopping potential jihadi volunteers from leaving these shores to join “Daesh”, the Islamic State’s acronym in Arabic.

Next month France will launch a nationwide anti-terror awareness campaign and has set up special anti-radicalization teams that include psychologists, social workers, and lawyers.

France fears home-grown terror from returning jihadist fighters

France fears home-grown terror from returning jihadist fighters

The French government is under increasing pressure to deal with the problem of home-grown jihadist recruits and to combat radicalization following the appearance of French militants in Islamic State propaganda videos. CCTV America’s Kate Parkinson reported the story from Paris

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