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What future for the children of French jihadists still in Syria?

Pascale's daughter left the country to join the Islamic State Group with her three children.
Pascale's daughter left the country to join the Islamic State Group with her three children. © FRANCE 24

An estimated 200 to 250 French children live in Kurdish-run detention camps in the former territory of the Islamic State group in Syria. They're the offspring of suspected jihadists. For now, the French government occasionally flies home a select few on a case-by-case basis. Despite the fact that most of these children are under five and almost all under 12 years old, their return is a controversial issue, with public opinion against their return. FRANCE 24's Noémie Roche and Yena Lee went to meet some of those who are calling for their repatriation, including a grandmother.