French police arrest 10 people in suspected jihadist network

December 15, 2014 14:24

PARIS - Anti-terrorism police arrested 10 people across France on Monday in a sweep aimed at disrupting a suspected jihadist network sending young fighters to Syria, the Paris prosecutors' office said.

The arrests were mostly carried out in the cities of Toulouse and Le Havre as well as Paris, the office said.

BFM-TV reported the early morning raids stemmed from an investigation launched last year after a Turkish family concerned about the behaviour of their son alerted authorities.

The investigation also targeted four people in prison linked to the presumed network, police told Reuters.

"For several years, these jihadist networks have represented an unrivaled threat," Prime Minister Manuel Valls said during a visit to Dijon.

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