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French police arrest 8 people suspected of involvement in network to send fighters to Syria

  • Soldiers stand guard after an attacker with a knife hidden in his bag attacked three soldiers on an anti-terror patrol in front of a Jewish community center in Nice, southern France, Tuesday Feb.3, 2015 . France has been on high alert since the attacks in the Paris region by three Islamic extremists that left 20 people dead, including the gunmen. More than 10,000 soldiers have been deployed around the country to protect sensitive locations, including major shopping areas, synagogues, mosques and transit hubs. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

    Soldiers stand guard after an attacker with a knife hidden in his bag attacked three soldiers on an anti-terror patrol in front of a Jewish community center in Nice, southern France, Tuesday Feb.3, 2015 . France has been on high alert since the attacks in the Paris region by three Islamic extremists that left 20 people dead, including the gunmen. More than 10,000 soldiers have been deployed around the country to protect sensitive locations, including major shopping areas, synagogues, mosques and transit hubs. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)  (The Associated Press)

  • Soldiers and police officers stand guard after an attacker with a knife hidden in his bag attacked three soldiers on an anti-terror patrol in front of a Jewish community center in Nice, southern France, Tuesday Feb.3, 2015 . France has been on high alert since the attacks in the Paris region by three Islamic extremists that left 20 people dead, including the gunmen. More than 10,000 soldiers have been deployed around the country to protect sensitive locations, including major shopping areas, synagogues, mosques and transit hubs. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

    Soldiers and police officers stand guard after an attacker with a knife hidden in his bag attacked three soldiers on an anti-terror patrol in front of a Jewish community center in Nice, southern France, Tuesday Feb.3, 2015 . France has been on high alert since the attacks in the Paris region by three Islamic extremists that left 20 people dead, including the gunmen. More than 10,000 soldiers have been deployed around the country to protect sensitive locations, including major shopping areas, synagogues, mosques and transit hubs. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)  (The Associated Press)

  • Security officers guard a building after an attacker with a knife hidden in his bag attacked three soldiers on an anti-terror patrol in front of a Jewish community center in Nice, southern France, Tuesday Feb.3, 2015 . France has been on high alert since the attacks in the Paris region by three Islamic extremists that left 20 people dead, including the gunmen. More than 10,000 soldiers have been deployed around the country to protect sensitive locations, including major shopping areas, synagogues, mosques and transit hubs. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

    Security officers guard a building after an attacker with a knife hidden in his bag attacked three soldiers on an anti-terror patrol in front of a Jewish community center in Nice, southern France, Tuesday Feb.3, 2015 . France has been on high alert since the attacks in the Paris region by three Islamic extremists that left 20 people dead, including the gunmen. More than 10,000 soldiers have been deployed around the country to protect sensitive locations, including major shopping areas, synagogues, mosques and transit hubs. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)  (The Associated Press)

France's interior minister says authorities have arrested eight people suspected of involvement in a network to send fighters to join Islamic extremists in Syria.

France is on alert after 20 people were killed in the deadliest terrorist attacks in decades.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says the eight were arrested Tuesday in the Paris and Lyon areas. He said there is no suspected link to the Jan. 7-9 attacks.

Police are trying to thwart new violence and find possible accomplices to three radical Islamic gunmen who attacked a kosher grocery and newspaper Charlie Hebdo. The men claimed allegiance to extremists in the Mideast.

France has seen hundreds of homegrown radicals join Islamic State fighters in Syria and Iraq.

The men arrested Tuesday are being questioned by terrorism investigators.