Brussels airport attack suspect appears in French court over Paris attack links

© Belgian Federal Police, AFP file picture| The men have been charged with providing Brussels and Paris attacks suspect Abrini with thousands of euros

BBC – Brussels airport attack suspect Mohamed Abrini has been placed under formal investigation in France over the 2015 Paris terror attacks, his lawyers say.

Mohamed Abrini, dubbed the “man in the hat” after being filmed with the bombers who attacked Brussels airport last March, was handed over to French authorities for a day so he could be charged.

He was arrested last April in Brussels.

The gun and bomb attacks in Paris on 13 November 2015 killed 130 people.

Mohamed Abrini was spotted in a car with key Paris suspect Salah Abdeslam when it stopped at a petrol station in Ressons two days before the attacks on the French capital.

His fingerprints and DNA were found in two “safe houses” in Brussels, as well as in a car used during the Paris attacks.

Following his arrest, he also admitted picking up Salah Abdeslam after the attacks and driving him back to Belgium.

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