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Freed reporters tell of mock execution ordeal
French President Francois Hollande (C) listens to Didier Francois (R) one of the freed French journalists, during a welcoming ceremony. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

Freed reporters tell of mock execution ordeal

Mock executions, hunger, thirst, cold, beatings, a makeshift chess game to pass the time... and a "surreal" snowball fight with their jailers. The French journalists taken hostage in Syria have been talking about their ordeal after being released at the weekend. READ () »

Assad using chemical weapons: Hollande
French President Francois Hollande pictured on April 20th 2014. AFP Photo: Thomas Samson

Assad using chemical weapons: Hollande

France has "information" but no firm proof that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime is still using chemical weapons, President Francois Hollande said Sunday. READ () »

Freed journalists back on French soil
Francois Hollande welcomes French journalists Didier Francois, Edouard Elias, Nicolas Henin and Pierre Torres at the Villacoublay air base southwest of Paris. AFP Photo/Thomas Samson

Freed journalists back on French soil

Four French journalists taken hostage in Syria arrived home on Sunday to an emotional reunion with family and colleagues after spending 10 months in captivity in the world's most dangerous country for the media. READ () »

French reporters held captive in Syria set free
Didier Francois, Edouard Elias, Pierre Torres and Nicolas Henin. AFP Photo / Chris Huby/ Haytham Pictures/ Torres Family / Benoit Schaeffer

French reporters held captive in Syria set free

Four French journalists held captive in Syria for almost a year were free and "in good health" on Saturday, President Francois Hollande told AFP, saying they would be back in France within hours. READ () »

French footballer forced to deny jihad rumours
French international Lassana Diarra has been forced to deny rumours he has become a jihadist fighter in Syria. Photos: AFP

French footballer forced to deny jihad rumours

A French international footballer was forced this week to deny "absurd" rumours that he was fighting an Islamist holy war in Syria. READ () »

France indicts women over 'Syria-bound' teen
A Syrian women with blood on her face in the northern city of Aleppo. Photo: Mohamad Al-Tayb/AFP

France indicts women over 'Syria-bound' teen

French prosecutors on Friday charged two women over the disappearance of a 15-year-old girl who is believed to have travelled to Syria to fight alongside jihadist rebels. READ () »

French teen 'jihadist' faces terror charge
Teenage 'jihadists' faces terror charge in France. Photo: Screengrab/France TV

French teen 'jihadist' faces terror charge

Just days after two French high school boys were brought back from Turkey after trying to join jihadists fighting in Syria, one was charged under a terror statute. Prosecutors were continuing to look into how the boys allegedly became radicalized. READ () »

French jihadist school pupils 'to return home'
One of two French boys who went to join the 'jihad' in Syria has been located. Photo: Screengrab/France TV

French jihadist school pupils 'to return home'

Roughly three weeks after two French high school boys set off to fight in the Syrian civil war one of them will be coming home after being picked up in Turkey. Reports say the other pupil returned of his own accord on Sunday. READ () »

French Face of the Week
The French pupils who quit school for jihad
One of two French boys, 15, from Toulouse who ran off to fight in the Syrian civil war. Photo: Screengrab/France TV

The French pupils who quit school for jihad

The news that two 15-year-old French pupils, decided not not turn up at their classes, but instead make the 4,400 km trip to join Al Quaeda fighters in Syria, left France shocked on Friday. They are the latest and probably youngest to join hundreds of French jihadist fighters in Syria. READ () »

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