Nearly Half Of European Extremists Joining ISIS Are From France

At least 1,430 of the just over 3,000 known European jihadists who have traveled to Syria and Iraq to fight on behalf of the Islamic State group are French, according to a report by the French Senate released on Wednesday. French intelligence services were monitoring another 1,570 French nationals suspected of having some level of involvement with Syrian networks, according to Agence France-Presse.

Around 200 of those who have traveled to Islamic State group-held territory have returned to France, a troubling figure for the French, who are still reeling from January’s IS- and al Qaeda-inspired terror attacks, which left 17 dead in Paris. The four-person terror cell that executed the attacks on the Charlie Hebdo magazine offices and a kosher market between Jan. 7 and 9 had some ties to the Islamic State group through Amedy Coulibaly, the alleged mastermind of the attacks who claimed to be “fighting for the Islamic State.” One of the other attackers trained with al Qaeda in Yemen.