Friday 9 December 2016

French police arrest man in 'advanced stages' of terror plot against country

Published 24/03/2016 | 22:09

Atrocity: Medics evacuate an injured person on Boulevard des Filles du Calvaire, close to the Bataclan theatre, yesterday morning after Paris was hit by multiple terrorist attacks
Atrocity: Medics evacuate an injured person on Boulevard des Filles du Calvaire, close to the Bataclan theatre, yesterday morning after Paris was hit by multiple terrorist attacks

A Frenchman has been arrested in the "advanced stages" of a plot to attack the country.

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Interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve said there were no links "at this stage" between the plan and the attacks in Paris or Brussels.

Mr Cazeneuve said bomb squads were on site after the raid took place in Argenteuil, on the northern outskirts of the French capital.

He said that the person arrested was implicated at a "high level" in the plot.

Witnesses said that the immediate area had been locked down and residents were unable to return home.

France has been on high alert since the November 13 attacks in Paris that killed 130 people and injured hundreds. Mr Cazenueve said there had been 75 arrests since the beginning of the year and 28 suspects had been jailed.

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