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Prosecutor: Failed Paris car bomb plotted by IS-guided women

PARIS — A failed car bombing in the heart of Paris was hatched by a group of French women, including one once engaged to men who had already killed in the name of the Islamic State group, France’s top antiterrorism prosecutor said Friday.

The hunt to find the women, whom authorities said were guided from Syria, had been ‘‘a race against time’’ before they could strike again, said Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, overseeing the fight against extremists who have killed more than 200 in France in 10 months.

The Thursday night arrests linked three attacks — the failed car bomb near Notre Dame Cathedral, the killing of two police near Paris in June, and the stabbing death of a French priest in July — and marked a new phase in the Islamic State group’s efforts to sow fear in Europe.

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‘‘There’s a group that has been annihilated, but there are others,’’ said President Francois Hollande.

Associated Press