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France charges 6 with recruiting militants to fight in Syria

Police have conducted several anti-terror operations following last month's terrorist attacks in and near Paris.

By: Associated Press | Paris | Updated: February 13, 2015 9:23:45 pm
paris attack, paris terrorism, paris bombing Thousands of people began filling France’s iconic Republique plaza, and world leaders converged on Paris in a rally of defiance and sorrow on Sunday to honor the 17 victims of three days of bloodshed that left France on alert for more violence. (Source: AP Photo)

The Paris prosecutor’s office says six men have been charged with preparation of terrorist acts and terror financing.

The six men, aged 32 to 38, are suspected of helping to finance jihadi networks that recruit young people to fight in Syria.

All six appeared together in a French court Friday to face preliminary charges and were ordered held without bail. They were arrested Sunday in the city of Toulouse and town of Albi in southern France.

Police have conducted several anti-terror operations following last month’s terrorist attacks in and near Paris. They say Sunday’s arrests were not linked to those attacks.

Prosecutors in recent weeks have filed preliminary charges against 147 people suspected of supporting anti-government fighters in Syria, where the Islamic State group controls much of the country.

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