The French town that lost 15 boys to jihad

SEVRAN, France — The last will and testament of Quentin Roy, a good-looking 23-year-old from the Paris suburb of Sevran, was written in neat blue biro on a piece of paper torn from a notebook. He gave instructions for his Samsung tablet to be given to fellow fighters, and listed mobile phone numbers for “Maman” and “Papa” so that his parents could be informed of his death via Whatsapp.

Véronique Roy, who sells advertising for health magazines, received a photograph of her son’s will on January 14. The Islamic State member who sent it added that Quentin had blown himself up in Iraq, “martyred on the soil of the caliphate.”

  • tom_billesley

    23-year-old isn’t a boy, but it’s younger than some of the “unaccompanied child migrants” landing on Europe’s shores.

  • The Butterfly

    Oh Alphonse, Pierre, Francoise, Maxime, Louis, Martin, Tituouan, Thibault, Jean, Timothee, Vincent, Gregoire, Emmanuel, Antoine, Alexandre…say it isn’t so!

    • Kathy Prendergast

      Exactly. The jihadist featured in the article was the only one of the 15 not born and raised in a Muslim family. All the other parents are probably proud of their sons. I would not be surprised if ISIS has sent them money. As for these parents, I feel sorry for them but they were fools. After their son converted and started doing disgusting things like refusing to attend his grandmother’s funeral because it was held in a church, his father should have taken him outside and given him a crippling beating with a two-by-four. That may not have knocked any sense into him, but at least it would have made him a less physically worthy jihad candidate.

  • Kathy Prendergast

    People whose innocent sons are killed by jihadists “lose their sons to jihad.” People whose sons become jihadists have failed to raise them to be human beings, so no, they don’t claim quite as much of my sympathy.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      There is a sort of dyslexia in language dependent on a person’s point of view.
      They can choose to phrase it as losing their sons to jihad.
      Or they can tell the truth and say that they are happy they left.

  • Kathy Prendergast

    Why are these suburbs consistently described as “poor”? They are not; they just have a ridiculously high rate of welfare dependency. Both the parents in this article have jobs as salespeople. That probably also makes them different from a typical family that spawns a jihadist.