An angry Frenchman tried to get back at his wife after she left him by telling police an apparently fabricated story of how she'd recently been radicalized and was planning to become a jihadist in Syria.

The American trend of falsely reporting a serious incident which then generates a massive police response, better known as swatting, may have found its French counterpart.

A Frenchman furious at his wife taking the kids and leaving him went to his local police station in south western France and told officers a dangerous tale that sounded ripped from the headlines and real enough to be true.

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