Paris- Under suspicion of being affiliated with Islamic militant networks, Police in southern France arrested 12 people on Tuesday.
Two entirely different counterterrorism cases under investigation fell on the same day only by coincidence, a police official said.
In southeastern Marseille, authorities detained nine Islamic militants and turned up at least one automatic rifle and pump gun reported the USA Today.
"We have detained people who are close to the Islamist movement," said a Marseille police official.
The New York Times reported that in the other case, three men were arrested on suspicion of having ties to a Frenchman arrested in Naples who was accused of having links to an Afghan recruiting ring.
Later, an official said the three do not appear to be "of major interest."