French police reportedly arrested 6 people accused of plotting an attack on President Emmanuel Macron, days after he likened the European far right to Nazis

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Emmanuel Macron
French
President Emmanuel Macron in December 2017.

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  • French police arrested five men and a woman, all from
    the radical far right, suspected of plotting to attack French
    President Emmanuel Macron.
  • The source said France’s domestic spy agency (DGSI)
    ordered the raids in three different regions after obtaining
    intelligence of an “imprecise and loosely formed” plan for
    “violent action” against the president.
  • The arrests come days after Macron warned of the threat
    from far-right movements across Europe, comparing them to Nazis
    and fascists.

PARIS (Reuters) — French police on Tuesday arrested five men and
a woman, all from the radical far right, suspected of plotting to
attack French President Emmanuel Macron, an official close to the
investigation said.

The source said France’s domestic spy agency (DGSI) ordered the
raids in three different regions after obtaining intelligence
that raised suspicion of an “imprecise and loosely-formed” plan
for “violent action” against the president.

Police sources said the six were members of the radical far right
in France. 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.

In an interview published on Sunday, Macron warned of the threat
from far-right movements across Europe, saying complacency during
the 1930s was what had opened the way for the rise of Hitler in
Germany and Mussolini in Italy.

In June, 10 people linked to France’s radical far right were
placed under formal investigation on suspicion of links to
terrorist networks.

A source close to the investigation said the 10 belonged to a
hardline group whose stated intent was to “fight against the
threat of Islam” and were suspected of planning an attack on
Muslims.

The June raids led to the seizure of ingredients for making
explosives as well as guns and ammunition.

It was not clear if Tuesday’s security operation was connected to
the June arrests.

Reporting by Emmanuel Jarry; Editing by Luke Baker, Richard
Lough and Mark Heinrich