Yesterday the French police arrested two Muslims accused of having contact with the North African cell of Al-Qaeda: "Al-Qaida pour le Maghreb Islamique" (Aqmi).
Both are French citizens of Algerian origin (Muslims).
The police are working on 2 computers, 3 HDs and some USB keys confiscated to the two.
This also raise some concern about the security of nuclear facilities employing personnel who, for their origin and/or religion, could be "sensitive to islamist doctrines."(Much thanks to QK for translation.)
UPDATE: Al-Qaeda suspect was nuclear researcher at CERN One of two suspected al-Qaeda collaborators arrested in France this week was a researcher at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland, a judicial source said on Friday.(here)
UPDATE: Times Online: Nuclear engineer from Cern lab arrested for al-Qaeda links
French agents have arrested a researcher from Europe's top atomic lab on suspicion of links to al-Qaeda, fuelling fears that terrorists could be targeting the nuclear industry.
The 32-year-old man, who was detained along with his brother, works for the prestigious European Organisation for Nuclear Research (Cern) in Geneva, Switzerland, according to French police sources.
''The inquiry will doubtless say what were the objectives in France or elsewhere and indicate perhaps that we have avoided the worst possible scenario,'' said Brice Hortefeux, the French Interior Minister.
An intelligence source told Le Figaro that ''this is a very high level'' case.
The suspect is believed to have been in contact with members of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), an Algerian-based terrorist organisation which joined Osama bin Laden's network in 2007.
A source said French intelligence officers had intercepted messages in which the man had suggested targets in France.
''He had expressed a wish or a desire to commit terrorist actions, but had not materially prepared them,'' said the source.
The suspect had been under surveillance for about 18 months after he was identified during an investigation into a French network which sent Islamic radicals to Afghanistan.
Judge Christophe Teissier, an investigating magistrate specialising in the fight against terrorism, opened a formal inquiry last month into his activities.
The man was arrested on suspicion of involvement in a criminal association linked to a terrorist undertaking by the Central Directorate of Interior Intelligence (DCRI) at his home in Vienne, eastern France.
His 25-year-old brother was also arrested as police seized two computers, three hard discs and two USB keys at their home.