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France places five returnees under surveillance for possible Taliban link

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The French authorities are keeping five Afghans recently repatriated to this country under surveillance for a possible link with the Taliban, various local media reported on Monday.

The surveillance began last Saturday on a 26-year-old man, with alleged ties to the Taliban, and four other members of his family repatriated with him, said the daily Le Monde.

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The suspect was reportedly repatriated for his outstanding help in the evacuation of the French embassy in Kabul, but upon arrival in France a close surveillance procedure was put in place (called Micas in French security lingo).

The objective of the investigation is to try to determine if the individual, originally from the Logar province in the east of the country, enlisted with the Taliban out of conviction or simply joined the columns of militants that converged on Kabul in the hope of taking advantage of an opportunity to leave the country.

The opportunity arose when, in charge of a checkpoint, he facilitated the evacuation of the French embassy in the Afghan capital.

The Interior Minister, Gérald Darmanin, confirmed the information and that the man acknowledged having commanded that checkpoint.

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“France is humane, but also vigilant. In managing the Afghan crisis it will continue to take all the necessary measures to ensure the safety of the French, as has been the case this weekend,” the minister said on Twitter.