‘Radicalized’ Frenchman held after flying to Morocco with knives in baggage

A Frenchman described as “radicalized” was arrested in Morocco Wednesday after flying there with low-cost airline Ryanair with knives and a gas bottle in the hold, a local government official says.

The 31-year-old man, who had been under house arrest in France, was held upon his arrival in Fez, where authorities discovered the items in his luggage, which also included a black balaclava.

He took the flight from Nantes in western France, despite heightened security in the country which is still under a state of emergency imposed after an Islamic State attack on Paris in November that left 130 people dead.

The Dublin-based carrier Ryanair tells AFP the case was “the responsibility of Nantes airport security officials who are investigating.”


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