6 arrested in suspected plot to attack French leader Macron

6 arrested in suspected plot to attack French leader Macron

French security agents have arrested six people on suspicion of plotting to attack French President Emmanuel Macron.

"There are still a hell of a paradox to make moves to somehow commemorate the hundreds of thousands of French soldiers who have given their lives to defend their nation, to defend their borders, and at the same time be as aggressive, as violent and hateful towards those who politically, and peacefully and democratically, want to defend their nation and their borders", stressed the finalist of the presidential election in 2017.

The suspects range in age from 22 years old to 62.

The arrests were made in Moselle and Isere in eastern France, and Ille-et-Vilaine in the north-west.

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

The man told investigators he wanted to kill Macron along with "Muslims, Jews, blacks and homosexuals", and three kitchen knives were found in his auto.

The unnamed man was reported to authorities after he talked about wanting to purchase a gun while playing online video games with other users.

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

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

Macron called for "protection from China, Russia, and even from the United States of America", suggesting that Donald Trump's recent decision to pull the U.S. from the INF Treaty would endanger European security.

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

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

The upcoming exit from the EU of Britain, long opposed to European military collaboration, has revived talk of defense cooperation, as have concerns that U.S. President Donald Trump may be less inclined than his predecessors to come to Europe's defense in the face of a newly assertive Russian Federation. However according to sources the plot to target the president was "imprecise and poorly defined at this stage".

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