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Five held and weapons seized in French anti-terror raids

Five men have been detained and weapons seized in anti-terrorist operations across France, five days ahead of a tense presidential run-off.

The suspects are aged between 18 and 24.

The Paris prosecutor's office said they were picked up in operations on Tuesday at three locations - near the Normandy city of Rouen, in Villeneuve d'Ascq near Lille in northern France, and in Roanne, central France.

The Paris prosecutor oversees anti-terrorism investigations.

It is not clear whether the arrests had any link to the presidential campaign. The run-off is on Sunday.

An attack claimed by the Islamic State group killed a police officer in Paris two weeks ago, and France is under a state of emergency after a string of deadly Islamic extremist attacks.

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