France's top anti-terrorism judge Marc Trevidic, author of the book "Terrorists", poses before an interview with Reuters in Paris January 25, 2013. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
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Growing numbers of French youths are leaving to fight with Islamist rebel groups in Syria as a first wave of volunteers returns home and steps up a recruitment drive for jihad, a top anti-terror judge said on Wednesday.President Francois Hollande warned about the issue in January when he said that some 700 people had left France for Syria.Trevidic said the discrepancy was between the number of French citizens known to be fighting in Syria and the larger number of people passing through France on their way to Turkey, which shares a border with Syria. Trevidic said he was in favour of stopping recruits who plan to join Islamist groups in Syria from leaving France.
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