Merah-inspired jihadists ‘plot attacks in France’

Morocco said on Thursday it has arrested two jihadists inspired by French terrorist Mohamed Merah who were planning to attack banks and multinational companies in France and in the North African country.

An interior ministry statement said a Frenchman and a Franco-Moroccan arrested on Monday had also been planning to join the Islamic State jihadist group.

It said they used the Internet to urge “individual terrorist acts in Morocco and France”, citing preliminary results from the investigation.

Both men had been motivated by the actions of Mohamed Merah, a French-Algerian national killed by French police in March 2012 after murdering seven people, including several children at a Jewish school…