Three French extremists and their nine children returned to France on Tuesday (June 11th) after being expelled by Turkey, legal sources said, a day after France took back 12 children of French extremists from camps in northern Syria.
The returns mark an acceleration in the repatriation of children of French nationals who travelled to Iraq or Syria to join extremist groups, amid growing pressure on Western countries to take back their combatants, AFP reported.
The three adults -- a 35-year-old man and the two mothers of his children -- were taken into custody and the children were placed under the protection of the state.
The French foreign ministry stressed that the trio's return was unrelated to the repatriations of children from French extremist families stranded in Syria.
A second group of 12 children, mostly orphans, was flown to France on Monday, following on a first group of six children in March.
The man and two women handed over to France on Tuesday were held in a detention centre in Turkey before being expelled, one of the legal sources said.