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More French Joining Mideast Jihad      09/30 06:14

   PARIS (AP) -- France's interior minister says the number of French radicals 
joining extremists in Syria and Iraq has soared this year, saying that 
justifies a tough new anti-terrorist law adopted this month.

   Bernard Cazeneuve said on RTL radio Tuesday that the number of French 
radicals in the region has grown 74 percent this year, to about 1,000 people. 
That figure includes those who traveled there or back and 200 people who hope 
to go.

   Cazeneuve said authorities are monitoring a French member of the Islamic 
State group identified by the U.S. State Department last week as one of 10 
"Specially Designated Global Terrorists" targeted by new sanctions.

   France was the first country to join U.S. airstrikes against Islamic State 
extremists and has increased its monitoring of French people suspected of 
joining them.


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