Tuesday, June 1, 1999 Published at 13:33 GMT 14:33 UK
Bomb suspects on trial in France
Ten people were killed in Paris bombing, July 1995
Twenty-four alleged members of an Algerian extremist network have gone on trial in Paris for a wave of bombings that left 12 dead.
Ten people were killed and more than 100 injured in the worst attack on an underground train at the St Michel metro station in Paris in July 1995.
If convicted, the defendants face up to ten years in prison.
The men are suspected of being supporters of the Armed Islamic Group (GIA) in Algeria.
One of those believed to have played a major role in the bombings, Khaled Kelkal, was shot and killed by police later in 1995.
During the bombing campaign, which also affected the city of Lyon, a total of 180 people were injured.
The BBC's Paris Correspondent, Stephen Jessell, says the authorities believe that with the arrests of the defendants, they dismantled a well-organised network.
One, known only as "Tarek", is thought to have been shot dead in Algeria in 1997. A second is being held in Britain and will be tried in his absence, while the other two will be in the dock.