France foiled suspected IS plot directed from abroad

France has been under a state of emergency since January 2015Five men charged in France with planning an attack in the Paris area were directed from the Islamic State group’s heartland, a prosecutor said on Friday. Last weekend police arrested seven men and seized weapons in raids in the cities of Strasbourg and Marseille. “The breakup of this network… has protected us against a large-scale attack,” said President Francois Hollande.

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