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Last Updated: Thursday, 15 December 2005, 10:47 GMT
Arrested men 'had Zarqawi link'
French police
French police arrested 25 suspects on Monday
French police have arrested three more people in a continuing crackdown on suspected Islamic extremists believed to have links to al-Qaeda.

The arrest come after 25 suspects were detained on Monday in the Paris area.

Interior Ministry Nicolas Sarkozy told parliament on Wednesday that several of the men had "indirect links" to Iraq insurgency leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

The group, including men of Algerian and Tunisian origin, is suspected of funding groups through crime.

"This group had links with a number of dangerous groups," Mr Sarkozy told the National Assembly lower house of parliament.

He has led efforts to bolster anti-terror laws in response to the July attacks in London which killed 52 people.

Last month, French MPs backed a tough new anti-terrorism bill that would allow potential targets - including public transport, places of worship and shops - to install surveillance cameras for the first time.

It would also enable police to hold terror suspects for up to six days, from four.

The new measures still require approval from the Senate to become law.


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