– FRENCH ANTI-TERROR OPERATION
The arrests in the Paris and Lyon areas were not linked to the Paris Terror Rampage in January, Mr Cazeneuve told local media.
Speaking at a press conference, Mr Cazeneuve said, on 02/03/2015, the 8 men had actively participated in a network recruiting French youths for jihad in Syria.The battle against terrorism is also a race against time,” he said. “Our determination is total.” ( see – Western-Jihadists )
The French government estimates that some 1,300 French nationals are currently involved in fighting in Syria and Iraq. , and that there are approximately 900 more at home with links to recruitment cells (see -SYRIAN DILEMA ).
Mr Cazeneuve said 161 terror-related legal proceedings were in progress, with 547 individuals suspected of involvement in terror networks. The arrests on Tuesday follow a similar raid a week ago in southern France, when five men were detained in the small town of Lunel on suspicion of belonging to a jihadist cell.
More than 10,000 troops were deployed across France to protect public spaces, schools, synagogues and mosques. Similar measures were introduced in Belgium in January after a major anti-terror raid in the city of Verviers in which two suspected Islamist militants were killed (see – Verviers Raid ).
Belgian officials said the suspects had returned from Syria and were planning imminent attacks on police targets.
Later on 02/03/2015, 3 french soldiers were stabbed in Nice guarding a Jewish center.
Six more terror suspects have been detained, on Saturday 02/07/2015, in France in a new operation that was preceded by another raid, in which five people were detained on similar charges.
Police in southern France have arrested six people accused of recruiting potential jihadists, just days after five people were detained on similar charges, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said, according to the The Straits Times website.
According to the Minister, the Sunday raid came after a probe opened in January 2014 into “conspiracy to commit a terrorist act and financing of terrorism.”
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