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Mystery Car With Gas Containers Found In Paris

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The car was found about a three-minute walk from Notre Dame Cathedral, and also close to Police Headquarters and the city’s main courthouse.
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Altogether, seven people are now in police custody in connection with the car. In addition to the three women arrested on Thursday, the police have arrested four other people from the Loiret area in central France — two brothers, ages 27 and 34, and their girlfriends, who are 26 and 29, according to the prosecutor’s office, which did not say how any of them might be linked to the Peugeot.
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It was an ominous discovery, especially for a city so recently scarred by large-scale terrorism: A car full of gas cylinders, parked in the heart of Paris near Notre Dame Cathedral.
It was a puzzling discovery, too, and four days after the car was spotted early on Sunday, the mystery surrounding it still swirls with unanswered questions.
But the biggest one — Was it connected to a terror plot? — appeared to have been answered late Thursday night with the arrest of three women.
Bernard Cazeneuve, the French interior minister, announced that the three women were “in all likelihood preparing new and, moreover, imminent violent actions.”
Mr. Cazeneuve described the women, ages 19, 23, and 39, as “radicalized” and “fanatics.” They were arrested on Thursday evening in Boussy-Saint-Antoine, a small town about 14 miles southeast of Paris.

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Some suggestive clues have emerged. The car was parked illegally in the middle of a small street with no license plates, and a notebook with Arabic writing was found inside, according to the mayor of the district where the car was found, the Fifth Arrondissement. The police said they were seeking at least one of the daughters of the car’s owner. She is thought to be a supporter of Islamist militancy, according to Agence France-Presse.
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The women, ages 39, 33 and 19, were arrested in Boissy Saint Antoine in the Essonne region, southwest of Paris, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said at a news conference. He said they appeared to be preparing"new violent and imminent actions."
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