French security services have foiled a plan to carry out a violent attack against President Emmanuel Macron, officials said today.
Six people with alleged right-wing ties have so far been arrested on preliminary terrorism charges, suspected of plotting to attack the French President.
The official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the allegations, said intelligence agents detained the six in three widely scattered regions, including the Alps, Brittany and near the Belgian border.
Foiled plan: The six arrested in three separate areas of France were reportedly members of the far right with a loosely-formed’ plan for ‘violent action’ against President Macron
French TV channel BFM TV reported that the six were members of the far-right, but that could not be independently confirmed.
They are suspected of undertaking an ‘imprecise and loosely-formed’ plan for ‘violent action’ against the president.
The arrests were carried out in three separate areas of France: Isere, southeast of Lyon; Moselle, on the border with Germany and Luxembourg; and in Ille-et-Vilaine, in the northwest near the city of Rennes.
It was not immediately clear what the connection between those arrested was or how they were in touch with one another.
In an interview published on Sunday, Macron warned of the threat from far-right movements across Europe, saying complacency during the 1930s was what had opened the way for the rise of Hitler in Germany and Mussolini in Italy.
Macron is currently in Verdun, the city in northeast France which was the site of the largest battle of World War I, and is preparing to host world leaders including U.S. President Donald Trump and UK Prime Minister Theresa May during Armistice commemorations this weekend.