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PARIS (AP) — A Paris court has convicted three young men who tried unsuccessfully to travel to Syria to join militant fighters.

The court handed down prison terms ranging from two to five years on Friday for criminal association with the intent to commit terrorism.

It's a sign that justice intends to be tough on the scores of young French for whom the Syrian civil war has become a magnet — even if they never make it out of France.

The three men, aged between 21 and 26, were arrested in 2012 before they could board their plane in France.

A 14-year-old girl was stopped last week in Lyon before boarding her flight to Turkey, according to the prosecutor's office in Grenoble, her hometown. Turkey is the common route to Syria.

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