Two ‘radicalised’ men have been arrested in Marseille, planning an ‘imminent and violent’ attack amid the French presidential election, police said.
Both men have French nationality and were born in 1987 and 1993.
They were apprehended in the southern port city of Marseille this morning, France’s interior minister, Matthias Fekl said.
Matthias Fekl told a brief news conference that the attack was being prepared as the country prepares to vote this weekend in the first round of its election.
‘These two radicalised men intended to commit in the very short-term – by that I mean in the coming days – an attack on French soil,’ he said.
Matthias Fekl said police were carrying out searches and that security surrounding the elections and the candidates had been strengthened.