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Saturday 20 January 2018

Two charged over pre-election attack plot

Police and rescue workers seal off a street during searches in Marseille (AP)
Police and rescue workers seal off a street during searches in Marseille (AP)

French authorities have filed preliminary charges against two people accused of plotting an attack days before the tense presidential election.

The Paris prosecutor's office said the men were in custody pending further investigation.

Preliminary charges were filed on Sunday, accusing the men of association with a terrorist enterprise with plans to prepare one or several attacks, along with weapons and explosives offences.

The suspected Islamic radicals were arrested on Tuesday in Marseille and police seized guns and explosives.

The target of their potential attack is unclear, though presidential campaign teams were warned about the threat.

Meanwhile, investigators have released without charge three people detained over the shooting on Paris' Champs-Elysees, in which a policeman was killed.

The gunman was shot dead by police.

AP

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