Four suspected Islamist militants arrested in France
French anti-terror police have arrested four suspects in the Paris region in a crackdown on Islamist militant networks operating in west Africa.
Three of those detained are Franco-Congolese and the fourth is from Mali, a police source told France's AFP news agency.
Interior Minister Manuel Valls warned of jihadist networks planning attacks in France or seeking recruits there.
The French military is engaged against Islamist militants in Mali.
Few details of the arrests were given but Mr Valls said they were connected to the arrest of "an individual a few months ago on the border between Mali and Niger".
A police source quoted by reporters identified the suspect as a Franco-Congolese man who was arrested in Niamey, the capital of Niger, while attempting to purchase a four-wheel drive vehicle with a false driver's licence.
Posted by: tipper 2013-02-05