Police Arrest Six Accused of Planning Attack on Macron
(Bloomberg) -- French authorities probing a planned attack on President Emmanuel Macron made six arrests on Tuesday, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Details of the planned attack on Macron are not known at this stage, said the person, who asked not to be named as the status of the probe is confidential. A preliminary investigation is being run by Paris prosecutors.
A press aide for Macron declined to comment, saying it was a matter for the judicial system.
The arrests were made in three different French regions, the person said. The six people arrested -- five men and one woman, aged 22 to 62 -- are currently in custody and being interrogated, the person said.
According to the Interior Ministry’s press office, the persons are linked to extremist right-wing movements. “Investigations are on going. One must define the reality and the exact nature of the threat. This is what the investigations, which just started, are about,” according to an emailed statement from the ministry’s press office.
Interior Minister Christophe Castaner Monday, speaking at the investiture of a new head of the domestic intelligence service, said that he was “attentive” to risks from movements of “both the extreme left and right which are very active on our territory.”