France police swoop on Islamist

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 30, 2012 1:49 AM

PARIS (Reuters) - French elite police arrested around 20 people in early morning raids in suspected Islamist militant circles on Friday in several cities including Toulouse, scene of this month's killings of soldiers and Jewish children, a police source said.

The arrests in Toulouse in the southwest, Nantes and Le Mans in western France, and in the Paris region, were carried out by the RAID police commando unit, the source said.

(Reporting by Gerard Bon; Writing by James Regan; Editing by Brian Love and Michael Roddy)