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    Over 600 People Detained in France on New Year's Day

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    French police detained 622 people during New Year celebrations, showing a double increase compared to last year, France's Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – At least 368 of the detainees were taken to custody, Cazeneuve said in a statement posted on the ministry’s website.

    "These results confirm great effectiveness of security services’ work," the statement read.

    France’s terror alert level has been raised to its highest after Islamist militants killed 130 people in a series of near-simultaneous attacks on several public venues on November 13.

    Authorities in Paris were forced to cut the program for a New Year's Eve light show and cancel fireworks on the Champs Elysees.

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