FILE - In this Saturday, May 12, 2018 file photo, the Paris prosecutor Francois Molins delivers a speech in central Paris. Molins says about 40 convicted terrorists are due to be released from French prisons this year and next, calling the entry back into society of the unrepentant ones a “major risk.” Molins said on BFM television Monday, May 28, 2018 that France still faces a significant threat from homegrown supporters of the struggling Islamic State group. Molins estimated that 600 to 700 French extremists are unaccounted for in Iraq and Syria, though many have probably been killed. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)

French prosecutor: 40 terrorism convicts to be released soon

May 28, 2018 - 3:30 pm

PARIS (AP) — France's anti-terrorism prosecutor says about 40 convicted terrorists are due to be released from French prisons this year and next, calling the re-entry into society of the unrepentant ones a "major risk."

Francois Molins said on BFM television Monday that France still faces a significant threat from homegrown supporters of the struggling Islamic State group.

Molins estimated that 600 to 700 French extremists are unaccounted for in the areas of Iraq and Syria claimed by IS, though many have probably been killed. He says authorities think some organizers of the November 2015 attacks in Paris are among the dead in the Mideast.

Molins says the investigation of the simultaneous attacks at the Bataclan concert hall, Paris cafes and the national stadium that killed 130 people should conclude next year.

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