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PARIS, France (CNN) -- French police said Tuesday they have a French citizen in custody on suspicion he is connected to the al Qaeda terrorist network and may have been involved in a plot to carry out an attack in Australia.

According to the French police, Willy Virgil Brigitte, 35, was arrested Wednesday in Paris.

A judiciary investigation has been opened by Judge Jean-Louis Bruguiere for "criminal association in relation to a terrorism enterprise."

Brigitte was expelled from Sydney, Australia, on October 17.

"He has done an interesting journey. He trained in Pakistan, Yemen and other sensitive countries," police told CNN.

Bob Carr, the premier of Australian state of New South Wales, told the Sydney Morning Herald that Brigitte's presence in Sydney may indicate the existence of a Sydney-based terrorist cell.

Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said Australian authorities have raided a number of homes and canceled the passports of two men who were believed to be associates of Brigitte.


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