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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Paris Cult Swoop

PARIS () -- French police rounded up more than 30 members of the Order of the Solar Temple sect this week and media reports said the swoops were intended to prevent a possible fresh collective suicide.

An Interior Ministry spokeswoman said police detained more than 30 people across the country and paramilitary gendarmes had arrested several more.

Paris police said the raids had been ordered by an investigating magistrate in the Alpine city of Grenoble probing the suicide-cum-murder of 16 members of the sect last December.