Eleven members of the same family from the French city of Nice are believed to have left for Syria, with some suspected of planning to fight alongside jihadists, a judicial source said on Wednesday.
The 11 are said to include a man, his two sisters and mother, along with their respective spouses and children, including a baby. The family is believed to have left at the end of September.
The wife of the man was identified by the Nice-Matin newspaper as 27-year-old Andrea, who left with her two sons aged four and six.
“All is well. I am in a superb region,” she told her parents, according to their account in the paper. She also confided to a friend: “I was not going to go, but before Allah I could not stand back.”
Her father told the paper she had converted to Islam. “I saw how religion played a bigger and bigger part in her life,” he said. “Perhaps I should have reacted.”