WILLIE Brigitte, a Muslim convert arrested in Australia and extradited to France in 2003, is one of the 17 people detained after dawn raids against suspected Islamists, French police said today.
The head of France's counterespionage agency says that Islamist radicals detained in a sweep around the country on Friday had a stash of arms, did physical training and may have been preparing a kidnapping.
Police continued to question the 17 people on Saturday, a day after they were taken into custody in the Paris region, Nantes, Marseille, Nice, and Toulouse, a police official close to the investigation said.
He was not authorised to speak publicly about the affair and asked not to be named.
Bernard Squarcini, head of the DCRI counterespionage agency, said in an interview published in the Marseille newspaper La Provence that all those arrested were members of a radica
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