French family of 11 believed to have left for Syria jihad

252db4318544ca0f328c0d2ceadb3ef3a8a6b16aAFP/AFP/File – A view of Nice, in southeastern France

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.”

The Muslim father of Andrea’s husband, Reda, confirmed his entire family had disappeared, including his wife, twin daughters and four grandchildren…

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