French police foil ‘advanced’ terror plot near Paris

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From France 24

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve on Thursday said police had foiled a terror plot that was in its “advanced stages” following an arrest and a subsequent search of the suspect’s apartment in the northern Paris suburb of Argenteuil.

Cazeneuve, speaking at a press conference late on Thursday, said there were no links “at this stage” between the foiled plot and recent terrorist attacks in Paris or Brussels.

The interior minister said bomb squads were on site in the building located around 15 kilometres north of the French capital. “This arrest is the result of a careful investigation that began several weeks ago, and which mobilised important human and technical surveillance resources, as well as close and ongoing co-operation with European intelligence agencies,” 

He noted that the person arrested was a French national, implicated at a “high level” in the plot, but offered no other details. The suspect, who has not been identified, was known to French secret services and his arrest was the result of a weeks-long investigation.

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