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Six held in France terrorism probe

Police have detained six people in the Paris region suspected of plotting terrorist attacks in France.

The Paris prosecutor's office said the six were being questioned by anti-terrorist investigators, and are believed to have been part of a radical Islamic terrorist cell.

Prosecutor's office spokeswoman Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre said the suspects were detained on Monday.

They can be held for up to four days under France's anti-terrorism laws.

France has been on higher alert for potential attacks since French troops entered Mali earlier this year, to push out al Qaida-linked extremists who had seized much of the West African country and have threatened France and Europe.

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