• France's news in English
 
French police 'bust Riviera terror plot'
Officers in the GIPN (French national police intervention groups) leave a building after a raid as part of an anti-terrorist operation, in October 2012, in Cannes. Photo: Jean-Christophe Magnenet /AFP

French police 'bust Riviera terror plot'

Ben McPartland · 26 Mar 2014, 15:43

Published: 26 Mar 2014 15:43 GMT+01:00

Quoting sources close to the investigation, Le Figaro newspaper claimed on Wednesday that French police believe thay have thwarted a planned terrorist attack on the Côte d'Azur, in the south of France.

According to the newspaper's sources police became convinced they unearthed a plan to plant a bomb on the Riviera after a raid on a flat in the town of Mandelieu-La-Napoule, near Cannes led to the discovery of 900 grams of explosives.

The apartment was the 'drop-off point' of a 23-year-old man arrested a few days earlier who had links with a suspected extremist cell based in Cannes Torcy, sources told Le Figaro.

Police sources told Le Figaro that the explosive discovered was TATP, which can be manufactured at home and has been used in previous terror attacks, notably the Marrakech bombings in 2011.

The explosive was divided into three cans, one of which was wrapped in screws and nails, fixed on with tape, the source adds.

A gun and computer equipment were also seized in the raid on the home.

The suspected plotter had apparently escaped police clutches when in September 2012 ant-terrorist units carried out a series of raids aimed at dismantling the Cannes-Torcy terror cell.

At the time France’s top public prosecutor Francois Molins described the group as the most dangerous terror treat to France since the 1990s when the country was rocked by a series of attacks.

The French government has previously expressed concerns about the dangers posed by jihadists returning to France after fighting a holy war in Syria.

Earlier this week The Local reported how terrorist groups linked to Al Qaeda had called for attacks on French soil in revenge for French military intervention in Mali and the Central African Republic.

At the time of publication France's Ministry of Interior had not responded to The Local's request for a statement regarding the alleged terror plot.

For more news from France, join us on Facebook and Twitter.

Ben McPartland (ben.mcpartland@thelocal.com)

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Are the French ready to ditch the 35-hour week?
Is it time France reconsidered the 35-hour working week? Photo: AFP

Are the French ready to ditch the 35-hour week?

53 minutes ago

Seven in ten French people say that they'd be happy to give up their sacred 35-hour working week - but on one condition, a new survey has revealed.

Air France threatens to cut flights and workers
Photo: CpaKmoi/Flickr

Air France threatens to cut flights and workers

2 hours ago

Air France's management ratcheted up pressure on workers to agree to a new restructuring plan, saying Friday the alternative is flight cuts and possible forced layoffs, union sources said.

Ashamed Brits mobilize to help refugees in Calais
A refugee in the New Jungle camp in Calais clutches a sleeping bag and a message from those who donated it. Photo: AFP

Ashamed Brits mobilize to help refugees in Calais

4 hours ago

Apparently shamed by the inaction of David Cameron’s government, British citizens have taken up the fight and are sending money and supplies across the Channel destined for refugees living in squalid conditions in Calais.

Riviera cities among 'world's least friendly'
Cannes - one of the unfriendliest cities on the planet. Photo: Chris Yunker/Flickr

Riviera cities among 'world's least friendly'

4 hours ago

A new survey has revealed that three French cities on the south coast are among the world's least friendly. But is it the tourists or the locals who are to blame?

Refugee crisis
'Airbnb for refugees' comes to Paris
A man in Paris looks for a place to sleep after being evicted from a camp in central Paris. Photo: AFP

'Airbnb for refugees' comes to Paris

5 hours ago

A pro-refugee organization in Paris has launched a new project that will allow French locals to open up their homes to refugees. And Parisians appear to be taking to it.

Here Ouigo again: SNCF expands low-cost service
SNCF is to expand its low-cost Ouigo TGV service. Photo: AFP

Here Ouigo again: SNCF expands low-cost service

7 hours ago

France’s train operator had some good news for travellers this week when it announced its low-cost TGV service Ouigo, that offers tickets from €10, would be expanding to cover more destinations.

Flagship French nuclear reactor hits another snag
The new nuclear reactor at Flamanville which has been plagued by setbacks and delays. Photo: AFP

Flagship French nuclear reactor hits another snag

8 hours ago

France's world renowned prowess in the nuclear power industry has taken another blow after officials announced this week, yet another delay to the launch of its next generation reactor, that is fast becoming a costly calamity.

Gérard Depardieu: 'I want to sell up in France'
The French actor still has property in France. Photo: Valery Hache/AFP

Gérard Depardieu: 'I want to sell up in France'

23 hours ago

French actor and tax exile Gérard Depardieu has declared that he will "sell everything" in his home country, French media has reported.

France confirms wing part is from flight MH370
A policeman and a gendarme stand next to the piece of debris on Réunion island. Photo: AFP

France confirms wing part is from flight MH370

23 hours ago

French prosecutors confirmed on Thursday that a piece of debris found on the Indian island of Réunion was from the Malaysian airlines flight MH370.

Butcher gets jail term for cannabis cake prank
The cake in this picture is not the cake from the story. Photo: Michał Bażak/Flickr

Butcher gets jail term for cannabis cake prank

1 day ago

A French supermarket butcher has been handed a suspended prison sentence after he gave his colleagues a cannabis-laced chocolate cake, a move that caused the shop to close and five people to be hospitalized.

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS

National
Why has France abandoned its tradition of sheltering refugees?
Thousands of furious French farmers roll in to Paris on tractors
National
Winter is coming as Paris hosts Game of Thrones exhibition
Came for love, fear for job, but adore way of life - Are you a typical expat?
Would a new Calais migrant camp be a step back to the days of Sangatte?
Opinion
French education is in 'crisis' - Here are ten ways to fix it
French minister says 35-hour week not working in France
IN PICS: Police evict 300 people from France's oldest shanty town
Features
Take a look at some of the wackiest bars you can find in Paris
National
Feminist stunt sees French road signs changed for the day
Travel
Could coaches overtake trains when it comes to travelling in France?
Meet the five heroes who foiled the French train attack
National
France set for 'tourism record' of 85 million visitors in 2015
National
Paris students are helping police to warn Asian visitors about crime
Naked couple found dead beside French fortress
Europe's biggest science museum burns in Paris
Robber found half-naked and asleep in French beauty salon
National
Here are eight tips for blending in with the French while at the beach
Humans of Paris: We meet the man changing our perception of Parisians
National
France reveals new plans for Sunday and late-night shopping
Read about this revolutionary kidney op in a Toulouse hospital
National
Panic after four dogs 'poisoned' after walks in Paris park
France hit by huge summer spike in abandoned pets
National
France boils in second hottest summer ever
Technology
Meet Max - the first person in France to receive a 3D-printed hand
Politics
French minister admits to 'Obama engagement' tweeting mishap
Features
From giant bubbles to treehouses - here are the craziest hotels in France
National
How would you like to spend a night in the Palace of Versailles?
French manager paid to do nothing for 12 years
Features
We talk to Calais residents about their migrant crisis
National
Cow spared after fleeing from abattoir in France
FIVE reasons why everyone should visit Calais... yes Calais
Travel
France for adrenaline junkies: Ten crazy things to do
VIDEO: Slingshot elastic breaks on ride at French theme park
This plant might spell the end of the Asian hornet invasion
Who says the French don't like speaking English
National
It may be trickier to find a baguette in Paris this August
Killers of French student were 'inspired by Breaking Bad'
Ten must-see French gems you probably never thought of visiting
Is it time for France to force Britain to move border back across Channel?
Is romance in France just a "heterosexual concept"?
Can YOU pronounce these ten French town names?
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se