An imminent attack on Paris was foiled according to police when anti-terror squads arrested four Islamist extremists in a dawn raid March 16. The arrests followed a shoot-out in Belgium the previous day, which killed a man with links to the Paris massacre in November.
The four suspects were under surveillance and were known for their Islamist ties. The group was captured with an AK-47 rifle and an unused cartridge, a safe and electronic equipment, including computer files.
Included in the suspects were two French brothers of Turkish origin as well as a Frenchman identified as Youssef E., 28, a known Islamist who had been sentenced to five years in prison in March 2014 after trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State. He was released from prison in October and was under house arrest until February 29.