Drian "intractable" on the fate of women and children of jihadists despite complaints

A dozen families of French jihadists have lodged a complaint against the foreign minister for "failure to help".

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Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian reiterated on Thursday 19 September that he would be "Intractable" the fate of French jihadists held in Kurdish camps in Syria, which France refuses to repatriate, despite complaints from families against him.

"We have to come back to the realities on this subject. There were French fighters and fighters who went to fight France by joining Daesh (Arabic acronym of Islamic State) in Syria. They must be judged on the places where they committed their crimes ", he said on the CNEWS channel. "I say fighters and fighters (including the wives of jihadists), who are the enemies of France because they attacked France, they killed French people in France from their bases ", he added.

A dozen families of French jihadists have lodged a complaint against the Minister of Foreign Affairs for "Failure to help". They reproach him for refusing "Weighing, voluntary and intentional", to repatriate these women and children while they are "In jeopardy".

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"Every time you have to negotiate"

Jean-Yves Le Drian recalled that seventeen orphans or unaccompanied minors had been repatriated in recent months. But these repatriations can not concern parents, he repeated.

"We can repatriate others, orphans, unaccompanied minors, the poorest, the most distressed but on the bottom, I am intractable on one point: the combatants must be judged (…) where they have committed their crimes. "

" It's very difficult (to repatriate the children), I say it to the lawyers, it is necessary to negotiate each time. When we brought back the seventeen people, we took a few people there, they had trouble, they even risked their lives to repatriate those children. ", he also explained without further details.

The complaints were lodged in July and September in France with the Court of Justice of the Republic (CJR) – the only body authorized to judge acts committed by members of the government in the exercise of their functions. "I will see if the Court of Justice of the Republic seizes me"said Jean-Yves Le Drian.

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