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French 'jihadists' held for 'plan to attack swingers clubs'
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French 'jihadists' held for 'plan to attack swingers clubs'

The Local/AFP · 2 Feb 2016, 13:30

Published: 02 Feb 2016 13:30 GMT+01:00

The six who were known to police for being radicalized were arrested as they planned to travel to Syria, according to reports in the French press.

Some had openly declared their allegiance to the terror group Isis, while others were known to police for calling on people to join jihad.

The five men and one woman were all from the Lyon region and have been placed in police detention to be questioned on suspicion of terrorism offences.

According to BFM TV, certain members of the group had been trying to procure arms with the intention to attack swingers clubs.

No further details of when, where or indeed how the suspects had planned to carry out the alleged planned attack have been revealed.

According to reports, no arms were actually found during searches of  their homes, which were ongoing on Tuesday morning.

The six had bought bus tickets to travel to Syria via Bulgaria and Turkey, but French counter-terrorism police decided to intervene before they left.

The news comes as France remains on edge and under a national state of emergency after terrorists killed 130 people in shootings around Paris in November. 

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the carnage.
 
It was the second major attack in France in a year, as the country has become a prime target for the jihadist group operating out of Iraq and Syria.
 
Swingers clubs may seem unlikely target for a terror attack, but given that liberté and open sexualité are what makes them work, perhaps they are actually an obvious target for jihadists intent on attacking anything that represents the freedom of the French way of life.
 
Swingers clubs are enjoying something of a resurgence in France, with almost 500 to be found across the country.
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The clubs were thrust into the spotlight last year after former French politician DSK was involved in a court case over a series of sex scandals inside swingers clubs. 

The Local/AFP (news.france@thelocal.com)

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