French Police Foil ‘Imminent’ Terror Attack

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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.

French Soldiers on the streets after foiling terror attack in marseille
French soldiers, policemen and firefighter vehicles are seen at the site of a police search are seen at the site of a police search on April 18, 2017 in the third district of Marseille, following the arrest of two men suspected of preparing an attack just days ahead of the first round of France’s presidential vote. AFP PHOTO / boris HORVATBORIS HORVAT/AFP/Getty Images
French Interior Minister Matthias Fekl comments on foiled terror attack in Marseille
French Interior Minister Matthias Fekl speaking at a conference last week (Picture: Getty)
The operation this morning in Marseille
The operation this morning in Marseille (Picture: Getty)

Matthias Fekl said police were carrying out searches and that security surrounding the elections and the candidates had been strengthened.

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