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Thursday, 20 November 2014

Second Frenchman likely on IS beheading video: gov't spokesperson......

PARIS, (Xinhua) -- A second French national was likely among Islamist State (IS) militants appeared in a video released at the weekend, the government's spokesman Stephane Le Foll said Wednesday.
"It seems that there is a second Frenchman. We are checking his identity," Le Foll told news channel BFMTV.
According to local media, the second French jihadist seen on the video is Michael dos Santos, 22, from Paris suburbs. Le Foll declined to confirm the information.
On Monday, Paris prosecutor confirmed that Maxime Hauchard, a Frenchman from northern France was one of the Islamist militants appeared on a 15-minute video which showed the decapitated head of American hostage Peter Kassig, an aid worker.
Kassig was the fifth western captive beheaded by the IS in response to the United-States-led coalition attacks against Daech in Iraq and Syria.
More than 900 French nationals and residents had either joined Syrian civil war or planned to travel to the conflict-torn country, with 36 killed in the conflict, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said in a recent interview.