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AP Interview: French terror judge says mix of experienced, new jihadis poses danger to Europe

FILE - This Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 file photo shows French Investigating Judge Marc Trevidic as he addresses reporter during an interview with the Associated Press in Paris. France’s top terror judge says Europe’s combustible mix of experienced extremist fighters and young jihadis looking to join the fighting in Syria poses new dangers for a continent ill-equipped to trace hundreds of people newly radicalized and trained in warfare. Marc Trevidic, whose former bodyguard was among 20 dead in three days of attacks around Paris, spoke to the Associated Press in an interview Wednesday Jan. 21, 2015, two weeks after the massacre in the Charlie Hebdo offices. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere, File)

FILE - This Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 file photo shows French Investigating Judge Marc Trevidic as he addresses reporter during an interview with the Associated Press in Paris. France’s top terror judge says Europe’s combustible mix of experienced extremist fighters and young jihadis looking to join the fighting in Syria poses new dangers for a continent ill-equipped to trace hundreds of people newly radicalized and trained in warfare. Marc Trevidic, whose former bodyguard was among 20 dead in three days of attacks around Paris, spoke to the Associated Press in an interview Wednesday Jan. 21, 2015, two weeks after the massacre in the Charlie Hebdo offices. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere, File)  (The Associated Press)

France's top terror judge says Europe's combustible mix of experienced extremist fighters and young jihadis looking to join the fighting in Syria poses new dangers for a continent ill-equipped to trace hundreds of newly radicalized people.

Marc Trevidic has handled French terrorism cases since 2006, but has recused himself from investigating the Jan. 7-9 attacks that left 20 people dead. Victims included Trevidic's former police bodyguard, who had been assigned to protect the editor of Charlie Hebdo and was among the first to be killed. Three days of terror ended when three gunmen died in standoffs with security forces.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Trevidic says the veteran fighters "are small in number, but in quality it's another problem."