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Two arrested in France for planning terrorist attacks

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Police officers of an anti-terrorim unit and of French intelligence agency (DGSI) patrol in a street on Wattignies, northern France. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

A 21-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman were arrested in France last week for planning to commit terror attacks, a judicial source said Thursday.


The pair -- who have no apparent connections -- were both charged with criminal conspiracy in connection to a terrorist enterprise, the source said.

The man was planning to attack soldiers, while the woman planned to strike in the French provinces, according to a source familiar with the case.

Both were "determined" and scouted targets, but their projects were not completed, according to the daily Le Figaro. They were in contact with members of the Islamic State (IS) over social media networks.

The man was arrested near Lyon, while the woman was stopped in the Paris region.

France is under constant threat from terrorism, following a wave of jihadist attacks that have killed 241 since 2015.