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    French court acquits 1 man, convicts 2 in terror-tied trial

    PARIS — A French court on Wednesday acquitted a man charged with harboring Islamic extremists after they carried out the 2015 Paris attacks, bringing a surprising end to the first criminal trial linked to the country’s deadliest extremist violence since World War II.

    The presiding judge said the Paris court found Jawad Bendaoud, a 31-year-old street criminal, not guilty of providing lodging to two of the attackers and helping them hide from police when they were the most-wanted criminals in France.

    The court also convicted and sentenced two codefendants in the case to prison terms Wednesday.

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    The Nov. 13, 2015, attacks on Paris cafes, the national stadium, and the Bataclan concert hall left 130 people dead. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility.

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    Addressing Bendaoud at a verdict hearing, Judge Isabelle Prevost-Desprez said the evidence was ‘‘insufficient to prove your guilt.’’

    Bendaoud, standing behind a glass-enclosed dock, raised his fist in victory.

    He denied knowing the identity of the men to whom he rented a small flat in Saint-Denis.

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