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Six arrested over ‘ill-defined’ plan to attack Macron

France 24, Nov 6

Authorities arrested six people on Tuesday as part of a preliminary investigation into a suspected plan to attack President Emmanuel Macron, according to an official familiar with the probe.

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 Rennes.

The planned attack was not at a very well defined stage, according to a source close to the investigation, and it was not immediately clear what the connection between those arrested was or how they were in touch with one another.

The six people were arrested on suspicion of undertaking an “imprecise and loosely-formed" plan for "violent action" against the president.

French TV channel BFM TV reported that the six were members of the far-right, but that could not be independently confirmed.

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.

The arrests came as Macron kicked off a seven-day tour of northeastern France to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

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