French police have arrested a nuclear physicist on suspicion that he had links to terrorist organizations in Algeria, the European Organization for Nuclear Research said Friday.
The man was one of more than 7,000 scientists working at the organization and has been assigned to analysis projects under contract with an outside institute, said the organization, known as CERN.
The man had no contact with anything that could be used for terrorism, said the organization. The LHCb experiment where he worked is the smallest of a series of installations along the 17-mile (27-kilometer) circular tunnel under the Swiss-French border.
The projects are aimed at making discoveries about the makeup of matter when the Large Hadron Collider - the world largest atom smasher - starts collecting data later this year or early next year.