A Paris court has convicted eight men of criminal conspiracy for their efforts to join international jihadi movements.

One of the defense lawyers, Herve Denis, said one of the men, considered the ringleader, was also convicted of financing terrorist activities and received the stiffest sentence, of eight years in prison. The rest were sentenced to between 18 months and five years.

The Paris prosecutor’s office said Monday two went to Pakistan to train in jihadi camps, while the others planned to do such training or to help others go.

France is worried radicalized citizens could carry out attacks here after a Frenchman who had traveled to Pakistan and Afghanistan killed seven people in 2012. The government has said more than 100 people have left to fight in Syria’s civil war.

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