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France Arrests Man in "Advanced Stages" of Terror Plot

The man was arrested in Argenteuil, on the northern outskirts of Paris
By The News · 24 of March 2016 17:34:55
The Eiffel Tower in Paris is lit up with Belgium's national colors. Photo: Associated Press/Thibault Camus, La torre Eiffel de París se ilumina con los colores nacionales de Bélgica: negro, amarillo y rojo, en honor de las víctimas de los ataques del martes 22 de marzo de 2016 en el aeropuerto y una estación del metro de Bruselas. (Foto AP/Thibault Camus), No available

Belgian Soldiers patrol the courthouse where Salah Abdeslam, sospechoso de los antetados de noviembre en París, debía comparecer ante un juez en Bruselas, Bélgica, el jueves 14 de marzo de 2016. (AP Foto/Peter Dejong)

Belgian Soldiers patrol the courthouse where Salah Abdeslam, accused of participating in the November 2015 Paris attacks, appeared before a judge on March 14 2016. Photo: Associated Press/Peter Delong.

PARIS – A Frenchman in the “advanced stages” of a plot to attack the country was arrested Thursday northwest of Paris and security forces locked down the area during a major search, France’s interior minister said.

Bernard Cazeneuve said there were no links “at this stage” between the plot and the attacks against Brussels this week or Paris in November.

Cazeneuve said bomb squads were on site. The raid took place in Argenteuil, on the northern outskirts of the French capital. He noted that the person arrested was implicated at a “high level” in the plot, but offered no details.

Witnesses told France’s i-Tele network that the immediate area had been locked down, and residents were unable to return home.

France has been on high alert since the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris that killed 130 people and injured hundreds. Cazenueve said there had been 75 arrests since the beginning of the year, and 28 suspects had been jailed.