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The suspect, centre, was arrested on June 28 (AP)

The suspect, centre, was arrested on June 28 (AP)

The suspect, centre, was arrested on June 28 (AP)

A man suspected of beheading a businessman at a French gas factory in June has been found dead in his prison cell.

Deputy prosecutor Jean-Michel Bourles in Evry, a Paris suburb, said Yassin Salhi had committed suicide in Fleury-Merogis prison.

The former delivery driver faced preliminary murder and terrorism charges and was suspected of ties to Islamic State extremists.

The attack in France's south-east put the country back on high alert after January's deadly extremist attacks.

French prosecutors said Salhi lured his boss into a van, knocked him unconscious and beheaded him. Salhi allegedly carried a long-bladed knife, a gun and two brand-new flags emblazoned with the Muslim declaration of faith.

PA Media