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Two held under new anti-terror laws

French authorities have detained two people suspected of selling jihadi DVDs and other propaganda under new anti-terrorism laws.

The Interior Ministry said the pair were taken into custody last night in the village of Amberieu-en-Bugey in southern France.

The ministry said it is the first time anyone has been detained under the new laws, finalised this month, which are a imed at stopping French extremists from joining fighters abroad.

Hundreds of French extremists have joined fighters for the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, including young teenagers and families, some Muslims and some who are converts.

The French government is particularly concerned that extremists will return and stage attacks at home, and is trying to stop them from travelling in the first place.

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