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Nicolas Henin, a French reporter who was held hostage by ISIS in Syria after being captured in June 2013, said that Mehdi Nemmouche, a suspect in the murder of four people at a Jewish museum in Brussels in May, was among his captors in Syria and that he was a torturer. Henin was freed along with three other captive French journalists in April. Dieudonne M'Bala M'Bala, a controversial French entertainer who has been convicted of hate speech, including anti-Semitism on several occasions, is being investigated for making a video that celebrates the beheading of American reporter James Foley as "progress."
President Hollande issued a statement raising the possibility of French military action against the Islamic State. Meriam Rhaiem, 25, of eastern France, welcomed her young daughter home after authorities retrieved the child from her father, a French jihadist who had traveled to Syria to join the Al Nusrah Front last year; the father was arrested in Turkey last week.
Security forces stopped a 16-year-old French girl from traveling to Syria to join Islamist fighters and arrested a man suspected of paying for her plane ticket; he is said to a Chechen resident of France who recruits for jihadist groups. Two French teenage girls arrested earlier this month were indicted for conspiracy in a plan to carry out a suicide bombing in Lyon's historic synagogue.
French authorities arrested ISIS operative Fayez Boushran, who holds dual French and Moroccan citizenship, on his return to France, after prompting by Lebanese security officials. Boushan had confessed to arriving in Beirut in June for an ISIS bomb plot in Lebanon along with another would-be suicide bomber who was originally from the Comoros Islands.
Police arrested two French girls, aged 15 and 17, in Tarbes and Lyon who were preparing to travel to Syria for jihad; they had reportedly met through social networking. Some 900 people from France are said to have been implicated in jihad. Iraqi Christian refugees from the Islamic State's persecution in Irbil began arriving in France; Foreign Minister Fabius said their numbers might rise to "several thousand" in France.
Foreign Minister Fabius warned that the Islamic State's ambitions extend beyond the Middle East, and said France wants the UN Security Council nations as well as countries in the region to join the fight against the Islamic State. President Hollande said the world security situation was at its gravest since 2001, and called for an international conference that pools military and intelligence resources to come up with "a global strategy" to address the Islamic State's terrorism.
Eight men armed with Kalashnikovs ambushed a Saudi Embassy convoy as it headed to Bourget airport outside Paris. The attackers stole a vehicle, a suitcase filled with 250,000 euros, and allegedly "sensitive" diplomatic documents, but did not harm the members of the convoy, including an unnamed Saudi prince.
President Hollande promised that "in the coming hours" France will deliver weapons to Kurdish forces in Iraq fighting the Islamic State. Interior Minister Cazeneuve said nearly 900 French citizens have traveled to Iraq or Syria to fight, and that some of them have joined the Islamic State.