France troops capture suspected French jihadist in Mali

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Authorities had been searching for Gilles Le Guen since October when he published a video in which he warned France not to interfere in Mali.

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A suspected French jihadist has been captured by French forces in Mali, the defence ministry in Paris said on Tuesday, one of a handful of French nationals in the Sahel suspected of fighting against their own country, reports Reuters.

French authorities had been searching for Gilles Le Guen since October, when he published a YouTube video in which he warned France, the United States and the United Nations not to interfere in Mali.

"I confirm the capture of a French terrorist in Mali by the French Army," a defence ministry spokesman told Reuters.

He said the man was Le Guen and that he was captured during the night of April 28.

"For the moment, he is being held by French forces and should be turned over to Malian authorities," he said.

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