Arrested Islamists suspected of planning attack in France

France — Link

Police found weapons and explosives at the home of one of the suspects in the town of Marignane, near Marseille.

Fugitive Seattle real estate developer arrested in France on FBI tip

International — Link

Seattle real estate developer Michael Mastro and his wife are arrested in France pending extradition to US on charges of money laundering and fraud.

A major scandal brews after Spain arrests HSBC whistleblower Falciani

International — Investigation

The Swiss authorities on Tuesday confirmed Mediapart’s exclusive report that a former HSBC employee who exposed tens of thousands of tax-evading accounts held with the bank has been arrested in Spain pending extradition to Switzerland, where he is wanted for breaching banking secrecy.  But the extradition for trial of Hervé Falciani, 40, a former Geneva-based IT engineer for HSBC who holds dual French and Italian nationality, could lead to a far larger, wide-ranging scandal of major repercussions. For it is unknown whether he has kept hidden copies of his files of 127,000 accounts held with HSBC, which the French authorities are accused of having previously suppressed. The multi-billion-dollar question is whether the Swiss would finally allow his evidence to emerge in public.Valentine Oberti and Karl Laske report on the web of intrigue surrounding Falciani and the British bank which was last week slammed by a US Senate investigation for having served as a money-laundering conduit for "drug kingpins and rogue nations". 

Strauss-Kahn Case Seen as in Jeopardy

International — Link

The sexual assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn is on the verge of collapse according to two well-placed law enforcement officials.