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French prosecutors investigating acid attack on four American women

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PARIS (AP) -- French authorities are not investigating the acid attack on four American women in the southern city of Marseille as an act of terrorism for the time being.
   The Paris prosecutor's office said that its counter-terrorism division had not assumed jurisdiction for the attack at Marseille's main train station on Sunday morning. The prosecutor's office has responsibility for all terror-related cases in France.
   A spokeswoman for Marseille's prosecutor said earlier that the 41-year-old woman arrested as a suspect in the attack did not make any extremist declarations, but said officials couldn't rule out terror as a motive so early in the investigation.
   Regional newspaper La Provence, quoting unidentified police officials, reported that the suspect had a history of mental health problems and didn't try to flee the site of the attack.
   The Marseille fire department says two of the tourists were slightly injured.
   The United States embassy in Paris says diplomatic staff in France is in contact with French authorities about the acid attack on four American women.
   An embassy spokesman said Sunday that the U.S. consulate in the southern port city of Marseille is communicating with French officials about the attack at Marseille's main train station.
   The spokesman says U.S. authorities in France are not immediately commenting further on what happened to protect the privacy of the American tourists, all women in their 20s.
   French officials have arrested a 41-year-old female suspect in the attack.
  

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