Around 930 French citizens or residents, including at least 60 women, are either actively engaged in jihad in Iraq and Syria or are planning to go there, the interior minister said Sunday.
An estimated “930 French citizens or foreigners usually resident in France are today involved in jihad in Iraq and Syria”, said Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve in an interview with French weekly Le Journal du Dimanche.
The figure includes “350 [who] are on the ground, including 60 women. Around 180 have left from Syria and 170 are en route for the zone”, he added.
In addition, some 230 people are currently looking to head to areas held by jihadists. An estimated additional 36 have already died in jihadist-held areas and are not included in the 930, said Cazeneuve.