French Defence Minister Florence Parly leaves the Elysee palace, following the weekly cabinet meeting on January 17, 2018, in Paris. / AFP / LUDOVIC MARIN
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Six families of French militants captured during Daesh's (ISIS) retreat filed a complaint Wednesday demanding that the government bring them home, a week after a video of two notorious European extremists renewed the debate over how hundreds of foreign Daesh fighters should be handled.The complaint, filed by families of French women and children held by Kurdish militias, condemned what it called "deliberate inertia" by French authorities, saying it had left mothers and children -- including infants -- vulnerable to the risks of living in a war zone.Yet in an interview in Monday's Liberation newspaper, France's military chief Florence Parly said she sees no reason to bring French militants home for trial. She says only 20 returned to France last year, while Belgium's top security official has said only five of the country's foreign fighters returned in 2017 .Konig's lawyer in France declined repeated requests for comment. She left two children behind in France and has two children with her in Syria, according to an interview with her mother in the newspaper Ouest-France.The YPG said Barnouin was arrested while trying to escape into Turkey with five other French Daesh recruits, echoing the Kurdish contention that Turkey remains a key conduit for extremists in transit.
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