Claims terror plot foiled as 7 suspects jailed in France

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve
Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve AAP Image - NEWZULU - Yann Bohac

FRENCH authorities say they have foiled a possible terror attack after detaining seven people, including some who had fought with the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria.

The arrests come a year after a state of emergency was imposed to counter a wave of terror attacks, and at a sensitive time in France ahead of next spring's presidential elections where security will be a major issue.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the seven people of French, Moroccan and Afghan origin were taken into custody on Sunday, following an eight-month operation that ended with the DGSI internal intelligence agency laying a trap.

"Yesterday, a terrorist act on our soil that was being prepared for a long time was foiled thanks to the work of the DGSI," Mr Cazeneuve told reporters.

French officials are worried IS will call on its followers and jihadists returning from the region to increase attacks in the West.

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