Mum sues France after teen son leaves for jihad

French jihadists fighting in Syria. Whose fault is it that they are allowed to leave?

A French mother is suing the French state, who she blames for the fact her teenage son was able to breeze through border patrol with a simple ID card and go unchallenged about his final destination – the front lines in Syria.

Who should shoulder the blame for jihadists leaving France to fight in Syria and Iraq? For one French mum, there’s no doubt who is responsible.

The mother filed the lawsuit with a Paris court in November – about a year after the 16-year-old caught a plane to Turkey before making his way to Syria – accusing police of neglecting to question him about why he was travelling alone and why he was travelling without a passport.

“I hold the state responsible for my son’s departure,” she said, implying that such questions might have prevented him from leaving French territory…