Paris police arrest ‘radicalized’ person after finding explosives

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French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb attends a news conference in Paris, France, July 12, 2017, to present their plan to improve asylum processes in France as the country faces continued migrant influx.  REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer
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Interior Minister Gerard Collomb attends a news conference in
Paris

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PARIS (Reuters) – France’s interior minister said on Tuesday
police had arrested a number of people after the discovery of an
explosive device outside a residential building in Paris last
weekend.

One of those arrested was “radicalized”, he said, a likely
reference to Islamist militancy.

Minister Gerard Collomb, speaking on public radio station France
Inter, said the discovery of the device in the affluent 16th
district of western Paris highlighted that France was as much as
ever at risk of terrorist attacks.

“(Police) services are investigating,” Collomb said. “What I can
tell you is that among the people who were arrested, one was …
radicalized”

More than 230 people have been killed in attacks by Islamist
militants over the past three years. The Islamic State militant
group whose bases in Syria and Iraq are being bombed by French
war planes has urged followers to attack France.

Soldiers shot a knifeman dead on Sunday after he killed two young
women at a train station in the southern French port city of
Marseille.

A judicial source said the explosive device found late last
Friday night was made of four gas cannisters.

“We’ve foiled numerous attacks since the start of the year that
would have involved many deaths,” Collomb said. “We are still in
a state of war.”

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