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Belgium had sought suspect in foiled French election attack

Associated Press logo Associated Press 19/04/2017
This two photo combo and provided by the AP on the condition that its source not be revealed, shows Frenchman Clement Baur. French police thwarted an imminent "terror attack," arresting two suspected radicals Tuesday April 18, 2017, in the southern port city of Marseille, the Interior Minister Matthias Fekl said during a brief news conference Tuesday. (AP Photo) © The Associated Press This two photo combo and provided by the AP on the condition that its source not be revealed, shows Frenchman Clement Baur. French police thwarted an imminent "terror attack," arresting two suspected radicals Tuesday April 18, 2017, in the southern port city of Marseille, the Interior Minister Matthias Fekl said during a brief news conference Tuesday. (AP Photo)

PARIS — Belgium's federal prosecutor says the country had opened an investigation into one of the suspects arrested for plotting an attack that officials say was thwarted days before the French presidential election.

Clement Baur, a 23-year-old Frenchman, had been flagged to authorities in 2015 by his family as being radicalized with the possible intention of going to Syria. He had links with Belgian jihadi networks, according to French officials.

Belgium's federal prosecutor said Wednesday that there was already an alert out for Baur, who was wanted for questioning in an ongoing Belgian investigation.

In the Marseille apartment of the two men arrested Tuesday, police found an automatic rifle, two handguns, ammunition and three kilograms of explosives, French authorities said.

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