Minister: French police carry out 118 anti-terror searches overnight

2015-11-18 17:38
Police patrol near  the Arc de Triomphe. (Frank Augstein, AP)

Police patrol near the Arc de Triomphe. (Frank Augstein, AP)

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Paris - French police carried out 118 searches overnight as part of stepped-up efforts to combat terrorism and crime, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says in a statement.

It was the third night in a row that such searches were carried out as part of the state of emergency instituted after last week's Paris terrorist attacks. Overnight, 25 people were taken into custody for questioning and 34 weapons seized, Cazeneuve says.

Over the last three nights, a total of 414 searches have been carried out, with 60 people detained and 75 weapons seized, he adds. Drugs have also been recovered during the operations.

"These operations will continue," Cazeneuve says, underlining the French government's "total determination ... to fight relentlessly against terrorism and against all threats to public order".

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