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Police have identified the second assailant who attacked a church in northern France this week as a 19-year-old known to security services as suspected of having Islamist militant links, sources said on Thursday. Police identified the man as Abdel-Malik Nabil Petitjean from a town in eastern France on the border with Germany, a judicial source told Reuters. Security services had in June opened a special file on Petitjean for becoming radicalized, a police source said separately.
French supermarket group Carrefour said Thursday its half-year net profit tumbled due to one-off items and as low fuel prices and currency rates ate away at sales. The retailer said that adverse exchange rate fluctuations had a six percentage point impact on sales and operating earnings in the first half of the year, while low fuel prices had a 1 percent impact.