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French tech college ISIS sparks customs alert

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French tech college ISIS sparks customs alert
Photo: A screengrab from the college's website.
08:22 CEST+02:00
When you're a French IT engineering school with the initials ISIS, you're bound to run into a bit of trouble with customs.

A school of engineers in southern France called ISIS revealed on Wednesday it ran into trouble with Canadian customs agents worried over a possible link to the jihadist group with the same initials.

ISIS, a school specialising in IT engineering for the health sector in the town of Castres near Toulouse, is not to be confused with the Islamic State group, which is often referred to by the initials ISIS.

The problem arose when the school ordered some satellite positioning equipment from Canada for one of its research programmes.

"Considered potentially sensitive equipment, the Canadian customs blocked it," a senior member of staff at the college told AFP, without giving his name.

"It took two months of requests for the school to finally get its order."

He added that the college would quite like "to be done with this association" with the barbaric jihadist group based in Iraq and Syria, but was not yet planning to change its name.

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