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France foils ‘imminent, violent’ attack ahead of presidential vote

The first round of the 2017 French presidential election is due to be held on 23 April 2017.

world Updated: Apr 18, 2017 23:11 IST
Reuters, Paris
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Clement B arrested in Marseille, southern France, on April 18, on suspicion of preparing an attack just days ahead of the first round of France's presidential vote.(AFP Photo)

Two Frenchmen were arrested in the southern port city of Marseille on Tuesday morning for planning an “imminent and violent attack” ahead of the first round of the presidential election, France’s interior minister said.

“These two radicalised men, born in 1987 and 1993, of French nationality, intended to commit in the very short-term - by that I mean in the coming days - an attack on French soil,” minister Matthias Fekl told a news conference.

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

First Published: Apr 18, 2017 19:09 IST

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