Second couple held over Paris car containing gas cylinders: Police source

French soldiers patrolling in front of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris as part of the Sentinelle military force security mission while people queue for the mass for the feast of the Assumption on Aug 15, 2016.
French soldiers patrolling in front of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris as part of the Sentinelle military force security mission while people queue for the mass for the feast of the Assumption on Aug 15, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

PARIS  (AFP) – A second couple was detained overnight in connection with an investigation into the discovery of a car in Paris containing six gas canisters, a French police source said Thursday (Sept 8).

The pair was picked up near Montargis, about 110km south of Paris.

Their detention raises to four the number of people held in connection with the suspect car, an abandoned Peugeot 607 which was parked several hundred metres from Notre Dame cathedral in Paris.

The first couple, who were detained at a service station on a road in southern France, were known to the security services for having links to radical Islamists.

The daughter of the car’s owner, described by her father as being radicalised, is also wanted for questioning, police said.

Anti-terror investigators are probing the incident which comes as France is on high alert following a string of terror attacks, including last November’s coordinated Islamic State in Iraq and Syria  (ISIS) group assaults in Paris by gunmen and suicide bombers who killed 130 people.