PARIS (AFP.Reuters) - France on Wednesday presented plans for a new anti-terrorism law that will allow authorities to prosecute citizens who attend militant training camps abroad.France’s left-wing government, spurred by an al Qaeda-inspired gunman’s killing spree, tabled legislation that will allow police to arrest people who visit combat training camps in foreign countries.The move comes six months after Mohamed Merah, a French citizen who claimed to have attended Al-Qaeda-style training camps, killed seven people in a wave of shootings in and around Toulouse.The plans were presented to cabinet on Wednesday and President Francois Hollande hopes parliament will adopt them by the end of the year, government spokeswoman Najat Vallaud-Belkacem said.“The terrorist threat remains at a very high level in France,” she said.Interior Minister Manuel Valls presented the bill six months after seven people including three Jewish children were shot by Merah, a 23-year-old whose trips to such spots were known to intelligence services staff who had been tagging him for years. Those killings, followed by Merah’s own death in a hail of police bullets at his flat in the city of Toulouse, were the first of the kind in 15 years and fuelled debate about police inability to pounce on him before the event.The legislation, if passed by parliament, will make it possible for police to take people into custody for questioning if there is a suspicion they were involved in terrorism-related activity beyond French borders. At the moment they can only act when offences are suspected or committed inside France.The reforms will allow authorities to detect “the spread of radicalism on the Internet and to identify people returning to France after training or participating in terrorist actions” abroad.The bill would amend France’s criminal code to make terrorism-related crimes committed outside France punishable in the country.Those attending training camps abroad could face up to 10 years in prison for “association with a terrorist enterprise”.The changes would also allow authorities to monitor the telecommunications data of the creators of extremist websites.French authorities have been criticised for failing to prevent Merah’s attacks despite his links with foreigners, which were known to intelligence services.