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Austria arrests two Paris attacks suspects as man crashes into Invalides

The tribute to the Paris attacks victims at Les Invalides last month
The tribute to the Paris attacks victims at Les Invalides last month AFP

Two men suspected of links to the November Paris attacks have been detained in Austria. Although they were posing as refugees, they are French citizens, according to an Austrian newspaper. In the French capital a man has been arrested after attempting to drive through barriers at Les Invalides, the monument where the memorial ceremony to the attacks was held.


 "Two people coming from the Middle East were arrested at the weekend," Salzburg prosecutors' spokesperson Robert Holzleitner told the AFP news agency. "Indications of a possible link to the Paris attacks are currently being investigated."

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They were arrested in a centre for refugees in the western Austrian city "on suspicion of belonging to a terrorist organisation", he said.

The two are French citizens of Algerian and Pakistani origin, the Kronen-Zeitung daily reported online, although Austrian officials have declined to comment on their nationality.

They entered Austria in October along with members of the Islamic State cell that launched the Paris attacks, posing as refugees and with fake Syrian passports, and were awaiting orders to carry out further attacks, it said.

The information leading to the arrests came from a foreign intelligence agency, according to Kronen-Zeitung.

A 29-year-old man suspected of involvement in the attacks was arrested just outside Paris on Tuesday.

Eight people have been arrested in Belgium, where the attacks are believed to have been planned, and one in Turkey.

A motorist was arrested in the French capital on Wednesday after trying to drive through barriers at Les Invalides, the site of a military museum and necropolis where President François Hollande presided over a national tribute to the Paris attacks' victims.

A gendarme fired a shot when he refused to stop but nobody was injured, according to a police source, who said he was "incoherent" when he was detained.

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