French police arrested 10 suspected radical Islamists on Wednesday in the second countrywide crackdown on suspected radical Islamic terrorists. The crackdown comes after the country was rocked by two shootings last month by Mohamed Merah, a 23-year-old who said he was affiliated with al Qaeda. But many have criticized French president Nicolas Sarkozy as politicizing the issue before the tight presidential race. An official close to Wednesday’s raids said the raids were led by France’s counterintelligence agency, and some of those arrested were allegedly planning on attending jihadist training camps along the Afghan-Pakistan border.
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