France: more women than men leaving for jihad

New trend as of March, ISIS propaganda aimed at girls

15 April, 12:46

    France: more women than men leaving for jihad France: more women than men leaving for jihad

    (ANSAmed) - PARIS - For the first time in March the number of French young women leaving to fight the jihad has exceeded that of men. The trend, according to government sources in Paris, is due to growing propaganda through which the Islamic state targets women.

    Since April 2014 - according to the inter-ministerial committee for crime prevention - 3,670 departures of jihad fighters have been reported. The data is mainly based on cases reported by families dealing with the Islamic radicalization of a member to a help line set up by authorities.

    The novelty since March - explained the secretary general of the committee, prefect Pierre N'Gahane - is that a higher number of girls than boys has been reported, ''a new phenomenon given its magnitude''.

    Ever since the toll free number was established a year ago, the proportion of women leaving for jihad was 43% against 57% of men. In March 2015, the trend changed with 136 young women against 125 men reported to be travelling to Arab countries for the Islamic holy war.

    The interior ministry said the phenomenon was due to the fact that ISIS is aiming its propaganda at women, also through videos to convince them to leave and even seduce them. ''These organizations have the power to convince women that they are an essential component because they will give birth to future fighters'', said Delphine Bergere-Ducote, of the directorate to protect youth.(ANSAmed).

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