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Prosecutors: Islamic State Ordered Failed Attack on France

FILE - French soldiers patrol in Paris as part of heightened security following a deadly terrorist attack at satirical newspaper in January 2015.

A thwarted attack on military targets in France attempted by three suspects currently in detention followed an order made by a Syria-based member of Islamic State, French prosecutors said in a statement on Friday.

It said the three suspects were now being investigated on charges of preparing a terrorist act.

French authorities said this week they had arrested individuals suspected of preparing an attack in January 2016 involving the beheading of a senior military official in the south of France.