France: ready to leave for Syria, passports confiscated

Six nationals, for six months. Valls, 'others will be seized'

23 February, 15:59

    (ANSAmed) - PARIS, FEBRUARY 23 - France has confiscated ''for the first time'' the passports of six nationals ready to leave for Syria, France TV Info reported on Monday.

    According to BFM-TV, the six French nationals whose passports and identity papers were seized to prevent them from leaving to fight the jihad in Syria were living ''in the province and region of Paris''.

    Under new anti-terror rules, BFM-TV added, the confiscation lasts ''for six months and can be renewed''. The six suspected militants are all aged between ''23 and 28''.

    ''There will be others'', French Premier Manuel Valls said, commenting the episode on the sidelines of the agriculture trade fair in Paris.

    According to Le Parisien, France is preparing a similar measure for some 40 people. The legislation is part of anti-terror measures adopted by Paris after the deadly terror attacks at the beginning of January. (ANSAmed)
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