France aims to prevent suicide of Paris attacks suspect


Salah Abdeslam, the 26-year-old Frenchman captured in Brussels after four months on the run, has been cooperating with police.

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France will take particular care to prevent a suicide in prison of the only suspected participant in Nov. 13 Paris attacks to be captured alive, the country's justice minister assured families of victims on Monday, the father of one victim said, reports Reuters.

Salah Abdeslam, the 26-year-old Belgium-born Frenchman captured in Brussels last week after four months on the run, has been cooperating with police investigators in the past few days and is "worth his weight in gold", his lawyer earlier said.

"The justice minister said it was important to prevent the risk of suicide so that Salah Abdeslam can be judged," Georges Salines, the head of a victims group and father of a young woman who was killed at the Bataclan concert hall, told reporters.

Groups representing families of the victims were received by President François Hollande and justice minister Jean-Jacques Urvoas for an hour and a half at the Elysee palace as France waited for Abdeslam to be handed over.

Read more of this report from Reuters.

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