Suspects detained over ‘imprecise and loosely-formed’ plan for ‘violent action’

French security services have arrested six people over an alleged far-right plot to attack Emmanuel Macron.

The suspects were detained by officers investigating an “imprecise and loosely-formed” plan for “violent action” against the president, judicial officials said.

The five men and one woman were arrested in raids in three different regions of France on Tuesday. 

French TV channel BFM TV reported that the suspects were aged between 20 and 60 and were members of a far-right movement, but that has not been confirmed by authorities.

The man “considered the to be main suspect” was found with a 44-calibre gun, according to the broadcaster.

The suspects taken into custody in Isere, southeast of Lyon; Moselle, on the French border with Germany and Luxembourg; and Ille-et-Vilaine, in northwest France near the city of Rennes.

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