ICCT in the Media: Thomas Renard on France’s refusal to repatriate a critically ill FTF

On 15 December 2021, ICCT Director Thomas Renard was asked by the New York Times to comment on the recent refusal by France to repatriate a critically ill foreign terrorist fighter (FTF), who later went on to perish in a detention camp in Syria. In this piece, Thomas notes that this is likely the first reported death of a woman from Europe in one of these camps.

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