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A French media report based on leaked documents indicated that suspect Ali M., an Algerian butcher in Vaucluse, corresponded for a year with a senior member of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb over a plot to bomb the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and a nuclear power plant; he was arrested in June before he was to travel to Algeria for terrorist training. French authorities stepped up security on US-bound flights "for the summer period" and plan to unveil stronger antiterrorism legislation soon.
Abderazak Cherif, a Frenchman of Tunisian origin from Nice, told news media that his 17-year-old son left the Al Nusrah Front in Syria and crossed the Turkish border to rejoin his father; Cherif's older son is still in Syria fighting with rebels. The 17-year-old was arrested on his return for belonging to a terrorist group and allegedly murdering a man while in Syria.
A French court ordered that Mehdi Nemmouche, a French-Algerian man accused of killing four people in an attack at a Jewish museum in Brussels, be extradited to Belgium. Nemmouche, a jihadist who spent a year fighting in Syria before the attack, is seeking to have the extradition order quashed. Authorities are investigating the disappearance of a Parisian schoolgirl who reportedly had been encouraged to travel to Syria by a female jihadist online. The number of French citizens going to Syria to fight has increased 75% in the past six months.
French authorities have deported Ahmed B., a Tunisian Salafist who had lived in France for several years, following his arrest earlier this month in Grenoble on suspicion of recruiting jihadists who were trained in Tunisia and then sent to Syria to fight. The first deportation of a jihadist recruiter under new French legislation was that of an Algerian, Sala Bouhabila, on May 1. Foreign Minister Valls recently estimated that over 800 French nationals have gone to Syria to fight.
The Foreign Ministry announced the arrest today of four people in Paris and southern France who are part of a jihadist recruiting network that sends fighters to Syria. On May 30, French authorities in Marseille arrested Mehdi Nemmouche, a suspect in the killing of three people at a Jewish museum in Brussels on May 24, who allegedly trained in Syria with terrorist groups. Authorities did not indicate whether today's arrests are related to the arrest of Nemmouche.