France: 45% of reports on would-be jihadists concern women

More men end up in Syria due to 'cultural tendencies'

08 July, 16:43

    (ANSAmed) - PARIS, JULY 8 - A hotline set up by the French government in late April to collect reports on would-be jihadists seeking to join the battle in Syria received over 200 calls in its first two months, with over 45% of the tip-offs concerning women. Most of the women were French nationals. According to French intelligence experts quoted by Le Figaro, there are between 100 and 150 French women among the ranks of extremist jihadists fighting in Syria, accounting for a third of total combatants from France. However, almost one half of the reports were on women, possibly due to 'cultural tendencies'. ''The parents of these families'', most of which Muslims from disadvantaged areas, ''are more careful about their daughters than they are about their sons,'' said former internal secret services chief Alain Chouet. Boys in these communities enjoy ''broader freedoms'', he noted, enabling them to more easily end up close to radical Islamic factions and arrange a trip to Syria. (ANSAmed).

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