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Hollande confirms two Frenchmen present in beheading video

November 19, 2014, 16:48 UTC+3

Both men are native Frenchmen who converted to Islam

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French President Francois Hollande

French President Francois Hollande

© AP Photo/Philippe Wojazer, Pool

PARIS, November 19. /TASS/ . French President Francois Hollande has confirmed that  two Frenchmen were identified among 16 militants in an Islamic State video showing the beheading of Peter Kassig and 15 Syrian prisoners, Agence France-Presse said on November 19.

According to the French Interior Minister, one of the identified Islamists is Maxime Hauchard, 22, from Normandy and the second one is Michael Dos Santos from Champigny-sur-Marne near Paris.

Islamist's psychological portrait

The psychological portraits of both Islamists are similar. They are native Frenchmen who converted to Islam. Their views were radicalized over years. The men were spotted by emissaries of the Islamic state terrorist group in France on the Internet and social networks. They had special training before heading to Syria in 2013, where they joined the terrorists right away.

Notably, according to the Paris Prosecution Service, about 1,130 French citizens were involved in the Islamist group’s activities. Almost 400 of them, including about a hundred women, are now operating in Iraq and Syria.

A video record of US citizen Peter Kassig, 26, was released on Sunday. The hostage has become the third American beheaded by the IS militants. Fifteen Syrian servicemen, including Syrian Air Force pilots, were also killed in the video.

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