A Frenchman involved in a plot to attack the country was arrested northwest of Paris on Thursday and security forces locked down the area during a major search, France's interior minister said.
Defense ministers from five countries in the Sahel region, as well as France, met in Paris in the latest push of joint anti-terrorism force in the fragile region.
Christian Ganczarski was born in Poland and later converted to Islam. He allegedly had personal ties to former al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden and helped the organization carry out multiple terrorist attacks.
During a tense press conference in Paris, Turkey's Erdogan said journalists are "gardeners" of terrorism and got into a spat with a French reporter. France's Macron said he raised concerns about human rights in Turkey.
French President Emmanuel Macron has paid tribute to the victims of a massacre at the offices of Charlie Hebdo three years ago. The killing spree in Paris was the first in a series of deadly Islamist assaults in France.
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