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PARIS — Five Chechens have been arrested in southern France including one with a cache of explosives, the local mayor said Tuesday. Robert Menard, mayor of the town of Beziers, confirmed the arrests but declined to give more information as the investigation was ongoing.

Prosecutor Yvon Calvet told Midi Libre, the local paper, that it was not immediately clear whether a terror attack was planned. France has been on high alert since three days of terror in the Paris region left 20 people dead, including the three gunmen. Prosecutors planned a news conference later Tuesday. Menard said the man arrested in Bezier had been a resident "for some time."


- The Associated Press