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A GROUP of Muslims have launched more than a dozen legal challenges against the French government over what they say are illegal attempts to foil another Paris-style jihadi plot.

Authorities in France have carried out more than 2,700 raids and enforced 360 house arrests in the month since the terror attacks, which left 130 dead.

A state of emergency has been in place since the co-ordinated shootings and bombings, giving authorities extra powers to conduct raids without a court warrant.

In that time 51 people have been jailed, primarily for weapons or drugs offences.

But those caught up in the police investigations have now launched proceedings against the state, arguing the counter-terror operation that has ballooned since the attacks has unfairly targeted them.

Most of the allegations claim that the government acted illegally in placing people under house arrest for unjustified reasons or based on misinformation.

Many of the complaints also state their property has been damaged in the raids or that those being investigated have been left emotionally distressed by the intrusion.

Under French law, the Interior Ministry is allowed to target anyone it believes poses a threat to public security.

Those put under house arrest must remain in their homes at night and report to police three times a day, with some forced to wear electronic bracelets.

Paris lawyer Xavier Nogueras is representing 12 Muslims under house arrest.

He says his clients were unfairly targeted based on secret intelligence and unproven suspicions.

But last month a court in the French capital said the government had not committed any "obvious legal breach" in the house arrests of two of his clients.

The government has so far agreed to reverse a handful of cases.

 

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