Six held in ‘at­tack’ plot against French pres­i­dent

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Paris: Six per­sons have been ar­rested in France on sus­pi­cion of plan­ning to carry out a “vi­o­lent” at­tack on Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron, of­fi­cials said. The in­di­vid­u­als, re­ported to be five men and a woman, were picked up by the French se­cu­rity ser­vices in Brit­tany, north-east and south­east France, BBC re­ported on Tues­day. An in­ves­ti­ga­tion is now tak­ing place into a “crim­i­nal ter­ror­ist as­so­ci­a­tion”, a ju­di­cial source said.

De­tails of the sus­pects and the al­leged plot have not yet been re­leased.

“This in­ves­ti­ga­tion is look­ing into a plot, vague and ill-de­fined at this stage, in­volv­ing vi­o­lent ac­tion against the pres­i­dent of the repub­lic,” pros­e­cu­tors said on Tues­day.

The sus­pects had re­port­edly been un­der sur­veil­lance by France’s do­mes­tic se­cu­rity agency, the Di­rec­tion Générale de la Sécu­rité In­térieure (DGSI).

The ar­rests were car­ried out in the eastern French re­gions of Moselle and Isere and the north­ern re­gion of Ile-et-vi­laine, of­fi­cials said. It comes on the day that Mr Macron is tour­ing the bat­tle­fields of north­ern France as he marks the cen­te­nary of the World War One Armistice.

Last year, a 23-yearold man was charged with plot­ting to kill Macron at the Bastille Day pa­rade on 14 July af­ter po­lice were alerted by users of a videogame chat room.

Em­manuel Macron

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