French prime minister says suspect arrested

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By ANGELA CHARLTON and RAPHAEL SATTER
Associated Press

LEVALLOIS-PERRET, France (AP) - France's prime minister says the "principal suspect" in a car attack on soldiers has been arrested.

Speaking to lawmakers, Edouard Philippe said the man was apprehended on a highway near Boulogne-sur-Mer in northern France, and was driving the car used in Wednesday's attack, but gave no other details.

Philippe also said that despite a "high threat" against France, the government is sticking to plans to lift a 21-month state of emergency.

He insisted that a new government bill enshrining permanent counterterrorism measures would be enough to replace the state of emergency, imposed after deadly Islamic extremist attacks in November 2015. The bill is currently under parliamentary debate, ahead of an expected end to the state of emergency Nov. 1.

Charlton reported from Paris. Elaine Ganley contributed to this report.

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