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6 arrested in suspected plot to attack French leader Macron

AP  |  Paris 

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

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the allegations, said intelligence agents detained the six in three widely scattered regions, including the Alps, Brittany and near the Belgian border. He said the plan to target the French appeared to be vague and unfinalised but violent.

Authorities released no further details about the six suspects and did not say if they were suspected of working together or separately.

French presidents have been targeted several times over the decades, including in 2002 when a far-right sympathizer tried to attack on the Champs-Elysees Avenue in during celebrations.

was in the northeastern French city of on Tuesday as part of centenary commemorations for the end of World War I.

The suspected plot was uncovered days before US President and dozens of other world leaders are due in for commemorations this weekend of the signing 100 years ago of the November 11 armistice that ended World War I.

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First Published: Tue, November 06 2018. 19:25 IST