Wednesday 21 November 2018

Six held over ‘plot’ to attack France’s President Macron

The arrests were made in different locations across the country.

French President Emmanuel Macron (Ludovic Marin/AP)
French President Emmanuel Macron (Ludovic Marin/AP)

By Thomas Adamson

French security agents have arrested six people on preliminary terrorism charges for allegedly plotting to attack French President Emmanuel Macron.

A judicial official said intelligence agents detained the six in three widely scattered regions, including one suspect in the Alps, another in Brittany and four suspects near the Belgian border in Moselle.

He said the plan to target the French president appeared to be vague and unfinalised but violent.

Authorities said the six were between 22 and 62 years old and included one woman.

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French president Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte (Etienne Laurent/AP)

It is not known if they were suspected of working together.

French presidents have been targeted several times over the decades, including in 2002 when a far-right sympathiser tried to attack President Jacques Chirac on the Champs-Elysees Avenue in Paris during Bastille Day celebrations.

Mr Macron was in the northeastern French city of Verdun on Tuesday as part of centenary commemorations for the end of the First World War.

The suspected plot was uncovered days before US President Donald Trump and dozens of other world leaders are due in France for commemorations this weekend of the signing 100 years ago of the November 11 armistice that ended the First World War.

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