Paris says 'strong possibility' Frenchman in IS execution video

17th November 2014, Comments 0 comments

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Monday there was a "strong possibility" one of the Islamic State jihadists seen unmasked in a video claiming the execution of a US aid worker and Syrian soldiers was a French citizen.

"The video was analysed by our intelligence services," said Cazeneuve, adding there was a "strong possibility that a French citizen was directly involved in these despicable crimes.

"The man is seen in a gruesome video released on Sunday that shows the head of American Peter Kassig and the beheadings of at least 18 men described as Syrian military personnel.

Cazeneuve said the man was believed to be Maxime Hauchard, born in 1992, in Normandy in northern France who "left for Syria in August 2013 after a stay in Mauritania in 2012.

"An intelligence source said it was being verified whether a second French citizen was among the jihadists seen in the video.

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