A federal crime scene investigator enters the Jewish Museum in Brussels June 2, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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France on Tuesday increased its estimate of the number of its nationals embroiled in Syria's civil war to more than 800 and warned that they pose an unprecedented security threat.The warning, from Prime Minister Manuel Valls, followed the weekend arrest of Medhi Nemmouche, a French jihadist suspected of carrying out last week's Brussels Jewish Museum killings after spending a year fighting in Syria.Valls told BFMTV that the numbers of French citizens or residents who have taken part in the fighting in Syria or were planning to do so now exceeds 800, including some 30 who have died in the conflict.Such a move is extremely rare in France and requires a judge's authorisation but was not expected to raise any problem in this case.
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