France detained 89 Islamic extremists in 2007, interior minister says

April 1, 2008 14:21

France detained 89 Islamic extremists in 2007 and has rounded up 25 people considered a potential threat so far this year, the interior minister said Tuesday. Michele Alliot-Marie did not provide any details about those detained but stressed that France remains a prime terrorist target. "This risk has been here for several years now and it will remain no matter what we do," she told LCI television on Tuesday. Alliot-Marie said France is "no more ... no less threatened that other big Western nations." She dismissed as "a total illusion" the notion that if France did not have troops in Afghanistan the terror threat would be lower.

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