France formally investigates citizens suspected of Syria fighting

PARIS - Seven men suspected of fighting in Syria have been placed under formal investigation following their arrest in Strasbourg, said a judicial source on Saturday, weeks after France unveiled policies to prevent French Muslims from becoming radicalized.


Confirming a report in Le Monde newspaper, the source said the men aged 23 to 25, who were arrested in the eastern French city on Tuesday, were under investigation for criminal conspiracy in relation with a terrorist undertaking.


They were suspected of travelling to Syria late last year to join the uprising against Syrian President Bashar Assad. (Reuters)