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Six people were arrested after about 250 people clashed with police in the Parisian suburb of Trappes last night. Four policemen were injured and a boy suffered an eye injury from a projectile in the clash, which lasted for several hours. The demonstrators had gathered outside the Trappes police station, throwing stones and destroying property to protest the arrest the night before of a man who had allegedly attacked police for attempting an identity check on his wife, who was wearing a full veil in violation of French law.
Two French journalists thought to have been kidnapped in Syria near Aleppo in early June are said to be alive. Defense Minister LeDrian said France is "doing everything possible to ensure that they are freed soon." A group of 29 Greenpeace activists were arrested in southern France after they entered a nuclear facility in Tricastin, demanding that it be shut down.
A French radio station has established a support committee to help secure the release of of two French journalists kidnapped in Syria near Aleppo last month. The technical director of the General Directorate of External Security, which collects electronic data from computers and telephones in France as well as the flow of signals between France and countries abroad, has said that "our targets are the networks of the public at large ... because they are used by terrorists." French Muslim leaders disagreed over the date for the beginning of Ramadan.
Police arrested six members of a suspected Islamist terror cell in raids across Paris. Four of the suspects are French nationals, one is from Benin, and the other is from the Comoros; all were previously known to the police for "serious delinquency."
Foreign Minister Fabius said France wants to talk to the Syrian rebels more before deciding to arm them and will not reach a decision on the issue before Aug. 1. France is reportedly considering providing sophisticated weapons training and intelligence to the rebel Supreme Military Council in addition to the nonlethal aid France currently provides, in order to strengthen the council's command and control structure.