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Convicted terrorist stranded in tiny French village after release

You have to make a real effort to find the small French town of Aiguebelle in the foothills of the Alps. Despite the peaceful surroundings, its only hotel is currently home to a man accused of planning terrorist attacks across Paris. Merouane BenAhmed isn't allowed to leave the village and has to check in at the local gendarmerie four times a day. If he breaks the rules he will be sent back to jail.

By Christopher BOCKMAN

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