The Straits Times
Published on Oct 12, 2012

France charges, imprisons 7 terror suspects: Court source


PARIS (AFP) - Seven Frenchmen arrested as part of a weekend swoop on a suspected Islamist terror cell believed to have plotted attacks in the country were formally charged on Thursday, a legal source said.

An alleged leading member of the group, Jeremy Bailly, was the first to be charged and detained on suspicion of having organised a grenade attack on a Jewish grocery store in a Paris suburb last month.

A French prosecutor on Thursday branded the suspected homegrown group of Islamist extremists as the biggest terror threat the country has faced since the Algerian-based GIA carried out a string of deadly bombings in the 1990s.

Announcing charges of attempted murder and terrorism against seven out of 12 suspects arrested over the weekend, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said they had been part of an active terror cell that was "probably the most dangerous in France since 1996."