Prosecutor: French terror cell planned Syria trip

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The only other suspect identified by name was Jeremy Bailly, who — instead of Louis-Sidney, as first thought — appeared to be the group’s ringleader, Mr. Molins said. Mr. Bailly rented the garage where the explosives were found, and investigators found a key to it in his home.

Police investigators turned up five wills that contained “religious recommendations that consisted of saying, ‘the day that I won’t be here … respect your Muslim duty, give my iPod to my sister, such-and-such item to my brother-in-law,’ etc.,” Mr. Molins said.

Mr. Molins said it was “too early to tell” whether the suspects had contacts with known Islamic militant groups abroad.

French investigators believed they headed off a potentially deadly terror attack, though it was unclear what the target might be. Mr. Bailly told investigators that “he wanted indeed to build a bomb, but without naming either his accomplices or his target,” according to Mr. Molins.

The international link revived memories of the height of the Iraq war in the mid-2000s, when French counterterrorism authorities dismantled a string of feeder cells that sent or plotted to send fighters to join the combat against U.S.-led allied forces there.

A French counterterrorism official told the Associated Press on Wednesday that authorities have noticed a recent trend in which young French militants have been lured by the prospect of jihad in Syria.

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