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Frenchman Identified In ISIS Audio Claim Of Paris Attacks

Soldiers patrol in front of the Notre Dame Cathedral on November 16, 2015 in Paris, ahead of a moment of silence for vic
Soldiers patrol in front of the Notre Dame Cathedral on November 16, 2015 in Paris, ahead of a moment of silence for victims of the November 13 attacks that killed at least 129 people and left more than 350 injured.

PARIS, Nov 17 (Reuters) - The voice of a jihadist claiming Islamic State's responsibility for last week's attacks in Paris has been identified as a 36 year-old Frenchmen authorities believe is now in Syria, a source close to the investigation said on Tuesday.

The man, Fabien Clain from Toulouse, reads out a pre-written statement already published earlier this week claiming the attacks that killed 129 people and injured more than 350.

Half of the six-minute audio includes a man giving a rallying cry with music in the background calling for Muslims to "move forward" to fight the infidels "without ever capitulating," according to the audio sent to Reuters.

Daily newspaper Le Monde, citing sources, said Clain was suspected of orchestrating a foiled attack on at least one French church in April and said he was a close friend of al-Qaeda inspired gunman Mohammed Merah, who killed seven people in March 2012.

It added that he was sentenced to five years in prison in 2009 for having led a recruitment network to send jihadis to Iraq and left France after his release.

(Reporting By Chine Labbe and John Irish; Editing by Andrew Callus)

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