FRENCH police investigating the discovery of a car packed with gas cylinders near Notre Dame cathedral in Paris have arrested a second couple.

Officials also established that the vehicle contained three jerry cans of diesel fuel, a judicial source said.

The discovery last Saturday night of the Peugeot 607 loaded with seven gas cylinders, six of them full, triggered an inquiry by counter-terrorism experts in a country where more than 200 people have died in attacks over the past year and a half.

Police sources said on Tuesday that no detonator device was found in the car, but the presence of diesel-filled cannisters added to concerns that there had been a plan to explode the vehicle.

The two arrests late on Wednesday takes the number held in custody by police to four.

A first couple, aged 34 and 29, were arrested on a motorway on Tuesday in southern France.

The Peugeot was found in the early hours of Sunday morning on a Seine riverside road metres from the Notre Dame cathedral.

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Documents with writing in Arabic were also found in the car, which had no registration plates and was left with its hazard lights flashing.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/708612/couple-arrested-car-gas-cylinders-Notre-Dame-Paris

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