French jihadist, 60, sentenced by Paris court to eight years in jail

Gilles Le Guen, arrested in Mali by French troops, is the first to be convicted under a 2012 law allowing prosecution for waging Jihad abroad.

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A French court on Friday sentenced a 60-year-old man to eight years behind bars for fighting alongside an al-Qaeda group in Mali, reports NDTV.

The Paris criminal court handed down the sentence to Gilles Le Guen - the first conviction under a law passed at the end of 2012 allowing authorities to prosecute those suspected of waging Jihad abroad.

Le Guen was accused of taking part on the assault by al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) on the town of Diabali in January 2013