6 arrested in ‘imprecise’ plot to attack French leader Macron

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French President Emmanuel Macron speaks to reporters at the Elysee Palace in Paris on October 17. Photo by David Silpa/UPI | License Photo

By Clyde Hughes

Nov. 6 (UPI) — Authorities said they arrested six suspects Tuesday in connection with a plan to attack French President Emmanuel Macron.

Judicial officials said the suspects were identified in an “imprecise and loosely-form” scheme that involved “violent action” against Macron.

French intelligence agency DGSI said the six suspects were arrested at three locations — Isère, southeast of Lyon; Moselle, on the border with Germany and Luxembourg; and Ille-et-Vilaine, in the northwest near the city of Rennes.

France’s BFM-TV reported they ranged in age from 20 to 60 and belonged to the far-right movement. The right-leaning National Rally, led by former Macron foe Marine Le Pen, has gained more popularity than Macron’s centrist La Republique En Marche Party in recent opinion polls.

Macron was participating in World War I ceremonies in Verdun, about 160 miles away from Paris, when the arrests were made.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are expected to visit France with other world leaders this weekend to recognize the 100-year anniversary of the end of World War I.

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