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1,400 from France have joined jihadis

Some 1,400 people living in France have either joined the jihadist cause in Syria and Iraq or are planning to do so, PM Manuel Valls said on Monday. “There are 1,400 individuals who are involved in the departures for jihad, for terrorism, in Syria and in Iraq. There are close to 70 French citizens or residents in France who have died in Syria and Iraq in the ranks of the terrorists,” Valls told BFMTV. The latest government figures were a big jump from data in mid-December, when 1,200 people were said to have left or are seeking to leave to battle alongside jihadists. “It’s a massive jump in very little time. There were about 30 cases when I became interior minister and it’s 1,400 today,” said Valls. 


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