Three held in France for planning attacks

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Paris—Seven people with links to terrorist networks, at least three of whom were planning attacks, have been arrested in France this month, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Tuesday.
Cazeneuve said at a press conference that French police had arrested as many people for terror links in the first half of 2016 as for the whole of last year.
He gave no details of the latest arrests, however.
On August 8, a 16-year-old girl from the Paris suburb of Melun was remanded in custody on charges of planning a terror attack.
The teenager was an administrator of a group on Telegram, an encrypted messaging app that was used by two extremists to plan the murder of a priest in Normandy in July.
According to investigators, she “relayed numerous ISIS propaganda messages calling for attacks” and also expressed a personal desire to “take action”.
Cazeneuve and his German counterpart Thomas de Maiziere on Tuesday asked the European Commission to consider legal measures that could be taken against the operators of encrypted messaging services such as Telegram.
After a meeting between the two ministers, Cazeneuve said such legislation could “impose obligations on operators who show themselves to be non-cooperative, in particular when it comes to withdrawing illegal content or decrypting messages as part of an investigation.”—Agencies