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France has ‘at least 100 neighbourhoods’ as bad as Belgium’s jihadi hotspot Molenbeek, warns minister as anti-terror police hunt eight suspects on the run after Brussels and Paris attacks

  • French minister claims there are scores of communities like Molenbeek
  • Belgian district was home to several extremists linked to attacks in Europe
  • Police are still hunting eight jihadis over the attacks in Brussels and Paris
  • Comes as Dutch police arrest a man in Rotterdam over links to terrorism

France has at least 100 neighbourhoods as bad as Belgium’s jihadi hotspot Molenbeek, a prominent French politician has warned.

The minister for cities Patrick Kanner said there were scores of urban communities in France similar to the Brussels district, home to several extremists linked to terror activity in Europe.

It comes as it emerged that anti-terror police are still hunting eight suspects on the run after attacks in Brussels last week and in Paris in November.


Kanner sparked debate in France over the weekend when he claimed that ‘around a hundred neighbourhoods’ in France could be compared to Molenbeek, where Paris attack suspect Salah Abdeslam, his ‘blood brother’, Brahim, and the ringleader of the terror plot, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, once lived.

He said: ‘We know that there are today around a hundred neighbourhoods in France which have potential similarities to what has happened in Molenbeek,’ he said during a radio interview, though some in his own Socialist Party questioned the statement.

Meanwhile, it has emerged that European security agencies are still looking for eight people they say have connections with massacres in the French and Belgian capitals.

According to CNN, their names are included in an 11-page secret document passed to investigators around Europe in the wake of last week’s attacks on Brussels, which claimed 35 lives.

CNN says it has been given the names of two



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