Didn’t the local imam tell them Islam was a religion of peace?
(Yes, for all you unblinking literalists out there, that was sarcasm.)
From “France detains 7 terror suspects,” an AFP story, with thanks to M. Gozlan:
FRANCE’S domestic counter-espionage service (DST) detained seven people, including two women, who were allegedly seeking to go to Iraq to fight United States-led forces there, sources close to the case said today….
The article also contains some information about French Muslims already killed in Iraq:
The first French citizen reported to have been killed was Redouane El-Hakim, 19, who went to Iraq via Syria and was caught in a US air bombardment of Fallujah last July.
Hakim and his brothers were known to frequent a radical Islamic prayer centre in the Paris suburb of Levallois Perret, which was investigated and closed early last year.…
The Paris raids focused on the Adda’Wa mosque in the city’s 19th arrondisement, which was described as a recruitment centre for the Iraq campaign.