French state faulted in case of girl who went to Syria

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 27, 2017

France's highest administrative court said on Wednesday it had awarded 15,000 euros ($16,320) in damages to a family after border police failed to stop their teenage daughter from boarding a plane to Turkey before traveling to Syria.

The court said police negligence constituted an error which brought into question the state's responsibility.

More than a third of the almost 700 French citizens who have reached Iraq and Syria are women, an increasing number of them teenagers, officials have said.

Despite being sought, officials at Paris' second-largest airport let her embark on a plane for Istanbul in November even though French law prevents minors leaving the country without parental approval.

Although France has been on a state of alert for several years it is thought that up to 450 young people have left France to reach Iraq and Syria, although only about 20 have been identified as involved with jihadist groups.

It added that the Interior Ministry had not shown that she had tricked the authorities in any way.

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