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Frenchman sentenced to 9 years for jihad recruiting, plotting attacks against Jewish sites

  • FILE - In this photo dated Nov. 21, 2011 Mohammed Achamlane, left, leader of Forsane Alizza (Knights of Pride), an Islamic radical group which was outlawed in 2012, speaks to the media during a demonstration in Nantes, western France. The chief of a dismantled French radical network who wanted to “scar” France has been sentenced to nine years in prison for recruiting for jihad, plotting attacks at home and praising terrorism, Friday July 10, 2015 in Paris. (AP Photo/Laetitia Notarianni, File)

    FILE - In this photo dated Nov. 21, 2011 Mohammed Achamlane, left, leader of Forsane Alizza (Knights of Pride), an Islamic radical group which was outlawed in 2012, speaks to the media during a demonstration in Nantes, western France. The chief of a dismantled French radical network who wanted to “scar” France has been sentenced to nine years in prison for recruiting for jihad, plotting attacks at home and praising terrorism, Friday July 10, 2015 in Paris. (AP Photo/Laetitia Notarianni, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this photo dated Nov. 21, 2011 Mohammed Achamlane, left, leader of Forsane Alizza (Knights of Pride), an Islamic radical group which was outlawed in 2012, speaks to the media during a demonstration in Nantes, western France. The chief of a dismantled French radical network who wanted to “scar” France has been sentenced to nine years in prison for recruiting for jihad, plotting attacks at home and praising terrorism, Friday July 10, 2015 in Paris. (AP Photo/Laetitia Notarianni, File)

    FILE - In this photo dated Nov. 21, 2011 Mohammed Achamlane, left, leader of Forsane Alizza (Knights of Pride), an Islamic radical group which was outlawed in 2012, speaks to the media during a demonstration in Nantes, western France. The chief of a dismantled French radical network who wanted to “scar” France has been sentenced to nine years in prison for recruiting for jihad, plotting attacks at home and praising terrorism, Friday July 10, 2015 in Paris. (AP Photo/Laetitia Notarianni, File)  (The Associated Press)

The chief of a dismantled French radical network has been sentenced to nine years in prison for recruiting for jihad, plotting attacks at home and praising terrorism.

A Paris court on Friday convicted Mohamed Achamlane, self-proclaimed "emir" of the Forsane Alizza (Knights of Pride) group, of terrorism charges. The French citizen was accused of plotting terrorist attacks, including targeting kosher markets and other Jewish businesses in Paris, abducting and torturing a Jewish judge in Lyon and threatening France.

Other accused members of the Islamist group were sentenced to terms varying from a 12-month suspended term to six years in prison.

Achamlane said he created the group in 2010 to counter fears about Islam and channel the energy of young Muslims. The group was dissolved in 2012.