Six arrested in France over ‘far-right plot’ to attack Macron

French police have arrested six individuals in various parts of the country suspected of plotting a violent attack against President Emmanuel Macron. According to reports the six men belonged to an extremist far-right group.

Six arrested in France over 'far-right plot' to attack Macron
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Police in France officially opened a terrorism probe on Tuesday after six people were arrested in the departments of Isere and Moselle in eastern France as well as the department of Ile-et-Villaine in the western region of Brittany.

According to France Info radio those arrested are suspected of plotting to take violent action against Macron. However according to sources the plot to target the president was “imprecise and poorly defined at this stage”.

Nevertheless authorities believe it was serious and advanced enough in order to make the arrests.

BFM TV described the suspects as belonging to a “far-right commando unit” although this has not been confirmed officially.

Prosecutors have launched an investigation into a “criminal terrorist association”, a judicial source said.

While France has been on high alert for Islamist terrorism after a spate of attacks in recent years, police and the intelligence agencies have also grown concerned about the rise in the violent threat from extremist groups on the far right.

In July 2017, a 23-year-old far-right extremist was charged with plotting to assassinate Macron at France's Bastille Day military parade which the French leader attended with US President Donald Trump.
The man, arrested at home, told investigators he wanted to kill Macron at the July 14 national day parade in Paris, along with “Muslims, Jews, blacks and homosexuals.”
Three kitchen knives were found in his car and analysis of his computer found that he had conducted internet searches as part of his plot.


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Macron to make live TV broadcast to France

French president Emmanuel Macron will make a live TV broadcast to the nation about the war in Ukraine.

Macron to make live TV broadcast to France

Macron will be on TV on Wednesday at 8pm, the Elysée confirmed earlier on Wednesday.

Macron also tweeted the announcement, saying that his speech will be on the subject of the war in Ukraine.

His office added that the president’s speech “will not touch on other matters” – Macron has only until Friday to confirm whether or not he is running for re-election.

It is widely considered to be extremely unlikely that he would not stand in the April elections, but all candidates have until Friday, March 4th, to make their declaration.

Macron’s team had previously announced a rally in Marseille on Saturday, March 5th, which was expected to be the first official campaign event, but on Tuesday this was cancelled because of the ongoing international crisis.

Macron was at the forefront of international efforts to find a diplomatic resolution to the crisis, and since Russia invaded Ukraine he has remained in close contact with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, and has also spoken – at the request of Zelensky – to Russian premier Vladimir Putin.

The Local will be following Macron’s speech live from 8pm HERE.