The seven suspects arrested on Monday during an anti-terrorist phone call in Finistère were charged and placed in pre-trial detention, we learned on Saturday from a judicial source.
These seven men, aged 16 to 38, were indicted Friday by a Parisian anti-terrorist judge for "criminal criminal criminal association", said this source. According to concordant sources, they are suspected of having prepared a project of "violent action" in France.
Meet in the butcher's shop
Among them, a man born in Syria and arrived in France in early 2015 is at the heart of the investigation. The 30-year-old, who is said to have a Palestinian passport, obtained refugee status a few months after entering French territory, according to a source close to the investigation.
Among the suspects is also the manager of a halal butchery in Brest, which served as a meeting place for the small group, also made up of a few converts and a 16-year-old high school student, the son of a Brest merchant. The owner of the butcher's shop is suspected of having wanted to go to Syria in September 2014 in the company of his wife - described by the authorities as radicalized - and their two minor children.
The seven suspects were transferred Thursday to the headquarters of the Directorate General of Internal Security (DGSI).