Monday 26 September 2016

Man arrested in 'advanced stages' of France attack plot

Published 24/03/2016 | 22:11

Police seal off a street in Argenteuil as security forces lock down the area during the search (AP)
Police seal off a street in Argenteuil as security forces lock down the area during the search (AP)
Interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the man was plotting a terror attack (AP)

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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