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Four arrested in southern France for planning a Paris attack - police

Friday, February 10, 2017 - 01:05

Four people have been arrested in and around the southern French city of Montpellier on suspicion of planning an imminent terrorist attack in France. Sources say explosives were found at one of the suspect's home. Saskia O'Donoghue reports.

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Four people have been arrested in southern France on suspicion of planning an imminent terrorist attack in the capital, the interior ministry said Friday. Police and judicial sources said those in custody included a 20-year-old man and his 16-year-old girlfriend. Both known to authorites for connections with radical Islam. The interior ministry confirmed that police had found bomb-making materials in the man's home. France, which holds its next presidential election in the spring, remains on high alert over possible Islamist militant attacks. More than 230 people have died in a series of assaults since the beginning of 2015. The country has been under state of emergency rules since November the same year, after 130 were killed in attacks in Paris in one night. In July 2016, 86 people were killed when a man deliberately drove a truck into a crowd in the city of Nice. Last Friday, a man was shot and seriously wounded when he attacked soldiers with machetes outside the Louvre museum in central Paris.

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Four arrested in southern France for planning a Paris attack - police

Friday, February 10, 2017 - 01:05