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France Arrests Man Suspected of Terrorist Ties

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French authorities shoot man claiming to be al Qaeda member during hostage situation, Toulouse, June 20, 2012.
French authorities say they have arrested the administrator of an extremist website who is suspected of playing a role in recruiting and financing for al-Qaida and other terrorist groups.

The French prosecutor's office said the Tunisian national, who lives in the French city of Toulon, was being questioned Tuesday. The prosecutor said there is evidence the suspect may have played a role in collecting funds for weapons purchases by various groups, including Fatah al-Islam and the Islamic State of Iraq.

The prosecutor said he is also suspected of financing and recruiting for such groups.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.