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.