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Followers of Osama bin Laden may be involved in a scheme to extort money from French executives to fund terror activities.
Paris police are investigating letters sent to the presidents of some of the largest companies in France over the past several weeks demanding they pay a $500,000 tax to "support jihad." The latest mailing arrived Sept. 11, the anniversary of the terrorist attacks in the U.S. The envelopes included photos of Osama bin Laden, the head of the al-Qaida terror network and suspected mastermind behind the hijackings.
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The letters threatened the executives and their families if they failed to pay the tax. However, there were no instructions on where to send the money.
France's Le Figaro reports the letters were signed by the French head of the People's Front for the Palestinian Liberation. There are no return addresses on the envelopes, but authorities believe they were mailed from a Paris suburb.
The latest mailing coincides with the discovery of imitation hand grenades that were left at the French headquarters for Rolex and Reebok. According to authorities, there's no evidence to indicate the letters were mailed by anyone connected to al-Qaida.