Six Arrested Over Suspected Plot to Attack France's President Macron

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen

French security agents have arrested six people on preliminary terrorism charges for allegedly plotting to attack French President Emmanuel Macron, according to a French judicial official.

"This investigation is looking into a plot, vague and ill-defined at this stage, involving violent action against the president of the republic", prosecutors said on Tuesday.

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

Authorities said the six were between the ages of 22 and 62 and included one woman. They were detained in swoops on addresses in the Isere region, southeast of Lyon, in Moselle on the border with Germany and Luxembourg, and in Ille-et-Vilaine near the city of Rennes in the country's northwest.

It was not immediately clear what the connection between those arrested was or how they were in touch with one another.

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".

When approached by officers, the man was found to have three knives in his vehicle and had been searching potential targets online.

French President Emmanuel Macron has warned Europe of a return to the 1930s because of the spread of a nationalist "leprosy" across the continent, in an interview published Thursday (1 November).

The avowed Europhile said China and Russian Federation were becoming increasingly powerful, while the superpower US under the erratic Donald Trump could not be relied upon for defence.

"Who is going to be the main victim [of US President Donald Trump decision to leave the INF]?"

"We will not protect Europeans unless we decide to have a true European army", he added.

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