Paris — French authorities have identified 416 people who gave money to the Islamic State (IS) group, France’s top anti-terror prosecutor said on Thursday, as dozens of ministers met to discuss how to cut off funds for extremists. François Molins said French security services had identified 416 French donors to IS and had also detected 320 fundraisers, mainly based in Turkey and Libya, who transferred the money to the jihadists. A two-day conference on combating the financing of terror groups began Wednesday at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), bringing together about 80 ministers and 500 experts. French President Emmanuel Macron will close the event with a speech later on Thursday. Attacks on Western targets have become increasingly low-cost since the 9/11 atrocities in the US in 2001, particularly in recent years when followers of IS have often use vehicles or automatic weapons to kill people. But Molins estimated that attacks in France in January ...

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