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Notre-Dame plot: Five women in court over foiled car bomb attack

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BBC

Notre-Dame plot: Five women in court over foiled car bomb attack

Five French women have gone on trial in Paris accused of trying to detonate a car bomb near the iconic Notre-Dame cathedral in September 2016.

Six gas canisters in the vehicle, which had been doused in diesel fuel, failed to explode when a cigarette was thrown at them, prosecutors said.

One of the women is accused of stabbing an officer in the shoulder after police traced them to a nearby apartment.

A defence lawyer said the women had been brainwashed on the internet.

The defendants, now aged between 22 and 42, are all Muslim converts.

Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-49794927