In 2009, she attended a suspected jihadist training camp in Cantal, a mountainous area of central France. Both were questioned by French security services at the time but released for lack of evidence. Intriguingly, a few months before his arrest in 2010, Coulibaly met Nicolas Sarkozy at a conference about disenfranchised young people arranged at the Élysée Palace.Afterwards Coulibaly said: “In truth he [Sarkozy] impressed me, [and] whether you like him or not, he is the president.”The attackers had been on intelligence services’ radar in America as well as France.Amedy Coulibaly, who took five hostages in a kosher bakery in Paris yesterday after the murder of a policewoman on Thursday, knew and was in touch with the Kouachi brothers who carried out the Charlie Hebdo murders.
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The map itself shows how these new Parisians huddle together in regional ghettos, no doubt originated by the ancestors of most of those ‘native’ Parisians.
This Paris of urban villages is a fairly accurate reflection of the geography of France in general: Artesians, Flemings and other northerners congregate in the 18th in the north of the city.
The Kouachis were put on a US “no-fly list” of suspected terrorists.
The CIA had told French intelligence that Said Kouachi had been to Yemen and almost certainly took part in training with Aqap.
France’s shockingly recent ‘pagan’ past (from the word , a fantastic study brimming with fascinating portraits, meticulously reconstructed scenes and bizarre facts about a country before it was centralised, homogenised and tamed by its rationalist hub, Paris.
Up until the early 20th century, Robb suggests, it still seemed the other way around.
“The leadership of Aqap directed the operations and they have chosen their target carefully,” it claimed in a statement given to Associated Press.
The claim echoed a statement reportedly made by Chérif Kouachi in a two-minute telephone call with French media outlet BFMTV in which said he was commissioned by al-Qaeda in Yemen.
Raschid, 27, a former activist, described him as “charismatic, a very good speaker as well as a good listener.