France Adopts Jihadist Travel Ban Law

France passes law to ban travel on those suspected of leaving for jihad in Syria, after over 1,000 French have already done so.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Jihadist (illustration)
Jihadist (illustration)

France on Tuesday adopted an anti-terrorism law which will slap a travel ban on anyone suspected of planning to wage jihad,
after the upper house Senate gave its final stamp of approval.

The law comes as authorities are increasingly worried about the number of French citizens travelling to wage jihad in Iraq and Syria, and who could potentially come back and stage attacks in their home country.

The majority of senators approved the bill, although those from the Green and far-right parties abstained, and the Communists voted against it claiming the bill will curtail freedoms.

The travel ban included in the law will see suspects have their passports and ID cards confiscated for six months, with the measure renewable for up to two years.

It also brings in punishment for "lone wolves" who plan terrorist attacks on their own, and allows authorities to block entry to any EU citizen or their relatives if their presence in France constitutes a threat.

Authorities say more than 1,000 French nationals or residents are involved in one way or another in jihadi activity in Syria and Iraq. A total of 46 of these have been killed, they say.

While some grow disillusioned when they arrive in Syria and Iraq, authorities note that others could become more heavily indoctrinated, come home and carry out attacks on home soil.

Mehdi Nemmouche, a French national suspected of killing four people in an attack on the Jewish Museum in Brussels in May, had spent more than a year as an Islamic State (ISIS) torturer in Syria.

AFP contributed to this report.