France charges eight terrorist suspects

Preliminary terrorism charges have been given to eight suspects in a French-Swiss counter terrorism sweep, the Paris prosecutor’s office has revealed.

A judicial official said the eight were charged for association with a terrorist network. Seven are in custody and one is under judicial supervision.

Ten people suspected of using encrypted social networks to prepare a possible attack were arrested recently during operations in France and Switzerland aimed at clarifying details of an alleged plot.

The suspects are being questioned following searches of properties in the Paris suburbs and southeastern France area. Officials say some of those detained had previously been flagged for alleged Islamic radicalisation.

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