Up to ten former French soldiers ‘have defected to Islamic State’

Several French former soldiers have joined the ranks of jihadists fighting in Syria and Iraq, France’s government confirmed on Wednesday, as it outlined a raft of new anti-terror measures in the wake of the Islamist attacks in Paris.

Most of the ex-soldiers, reportedly numbering around ten and including former paratroopers and French foreign legionnaires, are said to be fighting on behalf of Islamic State of Iraq and the levant.

Most worrying is the reported presence of an ex-member of France’s elite First Marine Infantry Parachute Regiment, considered one of Europe’s most experienced special forces units and which shares the “Who Dares Wins” motto of the SAS.

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  • winniec

    If two soldiers defect to betray their country, it’s an anomaly. When 10 defect, it’s a pattern.

    • Exile1981

      France has allowed muslims to be members of it’s armed forces for a long time and many of them see loyalty to france as second or third behind loyalty to islam and loyalty to their nation of birth.

  • simus1

    Reminds of a line attributed to Buzz Beurling the almost superhuman (and somewhat inhuman) Canadian fighter ace famously involved in the defense of WW2 Malta.

    A reporter drew from him the admission that he was so addicted to combat that if he was ever shot down and captured by the Germans he would likely volunteer to fly for the Luftwaffe – but he would do so only against certain RAF squadrons where he had some unfinished business needing closure.
    Not that he was one to hold a grudge you must understand ……..

  • Norman_In_New_York

    The defectors want to go with a winner and France is governed by losers.

    • BillyHW

      Socialist is the French word for loser.