Six ar­rested in sus­pected plot to at­tack French leader Macron

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French se­cu­rity agents ar­rested six peo­ple Tues­day on sus­pi­cion of plot­ting to at­tack French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron, ac­cord­ing to a French ju­di­cial of­fi­cial.

Pros­e­cu­tors have opened a pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion of al­leged crim­i­nal ter­ror­ist as­so­ci­a­tion, the ju­di­cial of­fi­cial said.

The of­fi­cial, speak­ing on con­di­tion of anonymity to dis­cuss the al­le­ga­tions, said in­tel­li­gence agents de­tained the six sus­pects in three scat­tered re­gions: one in the Alps, an­other in Brit­tany and four near the Bel­gian bor­der in Moselle.

The plan to tar­get the French pres­i­dent ap­peared to be vague and un­fin­ished, but vi­o­lent, the of­fi­cial said.

Au­thor­i­ties said the six were be­tween the ages of 22 and 62 and in­cluded one woman.In­te­rior Min­is­ter Christophe Cas­taner told re­porters they are be­lieved to be far-right ac­tivists. Au­thor­i­ties feared “con­crete threats” from the group, Cas­taner said.

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

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