Jihadists Among Gendarmes: French Police, Army Rocked By Scores of Infiltrators

Friday, July 14, 2017
By Paul Martin


For years, militant Islamists have been trying to infiltrate France’s military and law enforcement, and have had some success, Claude Tchicaya of the Institut de Prospective et Sécurité en Europe told Sputnik.

The French authorities have identified scores of Islamic extremists who have infiltrated the French army, police and gendarmerie in recent years, according to reports.
There have been about a dozen cases of radicalization in the gendarmerie national, France’s military police, gendarmerie chief of staff Richard Lizurey said in September.

Last year, a report by the French National Assembly’s Committee on National Defense and Armed Forces noted that approximately 50 cases of Islamist extremism had been discovered in the French army and recommended greater vigilance when recruiting soldiers.

In early 2015, it was reported that a dozen former French soldiers were fighting for Islamist groups in Iraq and Syria. The same year, a former naval officer was arrested for taking part in a plot to bomb Fort Bear, the military base where he had been stationed.

Journalists Christophe Dubois and Eric Pelletier, authors of a book about anti-terrorism operations entitled “Where did our spies go?” cite a December 2015 report by the Directorate of Security for the Paris Metropolitan Area (DSPAP) which said that 17 cases of radicalization were identified in the Paris police between 2012 and 2015. The apprehended officers were mainly “young, and had entered the police force in the mid-2000s,” Dubois and Pelletier wrote.

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