French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner

France’s interior minister Christophe Castaner said on Thursday that intelligence services had arrested a man for planning an attack inspired by plane attacks on the World Trade Center in New York in Sept. 2001.

 Iran Press /Europe: France has for several years grappled with how to respond to both homegrown terrorists and foreign militants following a series of attacks across the country. French officials say the threat of attacks remains very high.

On 3 October, an IT specialist with extremist sympathies, who had a security clearance, killed three officers and one civilian employee before he was shot dead by another police officer, Reuters reported.

“Just before (that attack) there was a 60th attempted attack since 2013,” Christophe Castaner told France 2 television.

He added: “An individual, who was inspired by the events of 11 September 2001 and the planes which destroyed the World Trade Center towers, was arrested by our intelligence services.”

France has seen more than 230 people killed in the last four years on its territory from home-grown terrorists and militant attacks, notably in Nov. 2015 after coordinated strikes across the capital.

The attacks were claimed by ISIS terrorists in Syria and were carried out in part by French-born extremists and militants.


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