Europe France arrests seven ‘Red Brigades’ Italians

France arrests seven ‘Red Brigades’ Italians

Seven Italians, on the run since they had been convicted in Italy of terrorism charges linked to the far-left Red Brigades, have been arrested in France, the French presidency said on Wednesday.

A search was under way for three other Italians, the presidency added in a statement.

It did not give details of those arrested.

Italy had urged French President Emmanuel Macron to extradite extreme-left guerrillas who have been hiding in France for decades to avoid prison sentences in Italy.

Hundreds of people were murdered in bombings, assassinations and street warfare by rival far-right and far-left militant factions during a period of social and political turmoil from the late 1960s to early 1980s, known as the Years of Lead.

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