A French court on Thursday sentenced members of a jihadist network once considered among the country’s most dangerous to between one and 28 years in prison for a terror attack on a Jewish grocery store in 2012.
The “Cannes-Torcy cell”, named after the towns where its Muslim members were based, was accused of having planned several other terror attacks as well as seeking to join jihadist ranks in Syria before the network was dismantled in 2012.
Eighteen terrorists were found guilty and two were acquitted.
Analysts say the Cannes-Torcy network signalled a historic shift in France’s struggle against terrorism, to battling mass attacks by Islamic radicals inspired, or even guided, by foreigners.
During the hearing at a special anti-terror tribunal in Paris, the cell was described as “the missing link” between the self-proclaimed Al-Qaeda terrorist Mohamed Merah — who murdered three Jewish children and a teacher in a terror attack…
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