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Man arrested in connection to Paris terror attacks

Flowers, cards and pictures were left outside the Bataclan concert hall after the attack. Credit: PA

A man has been arrested in Belgium in relation to the November 2015 terror attacks in Paris.

The 31-year-old man, named as Yassine A, was charged with terrorist murders and being a lead member of a terrorist organisation.

Prosecutors gave no further details on how he was related to the attacks.

Some 129 people were killed and dozens left injured after coordinated attacks on the Bataclan concert hall, the Saint-Denis Stadium as well as cafes and bars across the city.

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Man with knife arrested at Paris' Gare du Nord station

File photo of Paris' Gare du Nord station Credit: AP

A man with a knife has been arrested by police at Paris' Gare du Nord station.

The arrest comes amid heightened security after the attack in Paris and as France prepares to go to the polls.

The man was arrested immediately and no one was injured in the incident, a police official told the Associated Press.

Video online shows heavily armed police surrounding a prone man as people hurried past.

The Gare de Nord is one of the French capital's top transit hubs, serving the city's metro, suburban trains as well as intercity and high-speed trains like the Eurostar from London.

Paris attack looms over French presidential elections

  • Video report by ITV News Europe Correspondent James Mates

The aftershocks of the shooting central Paris reverberated around France as the country prepares to go to the polls in just two days.

Candidates declared campaigning at an end for the upcoming presidential election after the attack on Thursday night.

But National Front candidate Marine Le Pen sought to make political capital of the shooting in a country on high alert after numerous terrorist attacks.

She laid the blame on the government's weakness in the face of Islamic extremists, earning a strict rebuke from Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.

First-round voting is set to begin on Sunday morning - and no opinion polls showing what impact, if any, the shooting had will be published before then.

Paris killer 'was a loner with few interests'

Karim Cheurfi's former lawyer said the killer was 'extremely isolated'. Credit: AP

The Paris gunman Karim Cheurfi was a loner with few interests in life, his former lawyer has said.

Jean-Laurent Panier described Cheurfi as an "extremely isolated" individual who passed near unnoticed while in detention in comments to BFM-TV.

Despite reports that the gunman may have been inspired by radical Islamist terrorists, Mr Panier said his client never discussed religion.

"His only conversations were about how to fill his daily life with video games," he said.

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