The father of a victim of Merah asks Emmanuel Macron to refuse the return of the jihadists

Emmanuel Macron, 1st February 2019 at the Elysée. – WITT / SIPA

Albert Chennouf-Meyer, father of one of the seven people killed by the Toulouse jihadist Mohamed Merah in 2012, asks President Emmanuel Macron to prevent the repatriation of the French detained by the Kurdish forces in Syria, in an open letter consulted Saturday by the AFP.

"Mr. President, you will in the coming weeks (…) bring back 130 French jihadists, some of whom have their hands red with the blood of our children. I want to raise myself with all my strength against this criminal decision, "writes Albert Chennouf-Meyer, in this letter he says he posted Saturday on the website of the Presidency.

A help network in Merah

"I solemnly ask you to defer this decision, even to refuse their return and (to) entrust them to Syria," he continues, saying that the "primary duty" of the president is to "protect the people." On March 11 and 15, 2012, Mohamed Merah shot dead three soldiers in Toulouse and Montauban, including Albert Chennouf-Meyer's son, Abel, 25 years old. Then, on March 19, he killed three children and a teacher at a Jewish college in Toulouse.

"You are not unaware that among the Islamists back, there are individuals who have helped to help the Muslim terrorist Mohamed Merah," said Albert Chennouf-Meyer, who quotes "more particularly" the case of Quentin Le Brun . This young Tarn, who left in 2014 in Syria, is considered a propagandist of Daesh, according to the investigators. For the French justice, it was close to the jihadi nebulous Toulouse in which gravity Mohamed Merah and the Clain brothers, the "voices" of the claim of the attacks of November 13, 2015 in Paris, fomented by Daesh.

The thorny issue of the return of the French detained by Kurdish forces in Syria resurfaced with the announcement of the US withdrawal from the zone. Despite its initial reluctance, Paris now seems determined to consider these returns, rather than seeing them faint in nature. Several sources mention the case of 130 people, including about fifty men and women and dozens of children.

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