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France charges two alleged ETA members

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France has charged two alleged members of Basque separatist group ETA and ordered them held without bail after their arrest last week in the central town of Moulins, a judicial source said Tuesday.

Oier Ibarguren Sarasola, a 26-year-old among the most wanted ETA members in Spain, was arrested along with Montxo Arkaitz Varea Echeverria, 30, as they emerged from a hotel in Moulins around midday on Thursday.

Sarasola was allegedly carrying a nine-millimetre pistol when arrested.

The two were brought to Paris and on Monday charged with offences including criminal association in connection with a terrorist enterprise.

ETA is blamed for 829 deaths in a four-decade campaign of bombings and shootings for independence for the Basque Country of northern Spain and southwestern France.

The organisation, classed as a terrorist group by the European Union and the United States, announced in October 2011 that it was giving up its armed struggle.

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