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A French mother's grief: 16-year-old flees to Syria
A French mother's grief: 16-year-old flees to Syria

The mother had her suspicions before her 16-year-old son fled from the southeastern French city of Nice to Syria. Her son was Christian and popular and liked football and making wood sculptures. But she had seen him change, converting to Islam and falling under the influence of an extremist neighbor, refusing to eat with the family and isolating himself in his room. Still, the mother of four said, “I didn’t know he was going to leave.” She has sued the French government over what happened next: Bryan (a pseudonym used in court papers) said he was going to a sleepover, but instead, accompanied by some friends, he went to an airport and boarded a flight to Turkey...

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