François Hollande has warned that the terrorist threat in France remains very high after four people believed to have Islamist militant ties were arrested in dawn raids in the Paris area on suspicion of planning attacks in the French capital.

Three men and a woman were arrested in the north of Paris. But the investigation was focused mainly on one of them: a 28-year-old French man who had been placed under house arrest since 29 February under the special provisions of France’s ongoing state of emergency.

He had been sentenced to five years in prison in March 2014 after he was arrested two years earlier trying to leave France for Syria. The French TV station TF1 reported that he had been released in October last year.

The man was arrested with his partner in Seine-Saint-Denis on the edge of Paris. Two French brothers of Turkish family origin were also arrested at the same time in a northern arrondissement of Paris.

“We have information about one person that suggests that he could undertake violent actions in France,” the French interior minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, said, adding that the man was thought to have ties with Islamic State in Syria.

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