- Title: France foils "imminent, violent" attack ahead of presidential vote
- Date: 18th April 2017
- Summary: MARSEILLE, FRANCE (FILE - APRIL 26, 2016) (REUTERS) MARSEILLE HARBOUR MARSEILLE SKYLINE ROOFS OF MARSEILLE HENIN-BEAUMONT, FRANCE (FILE - DECEMBER 13, 2015) (REUTERS) VOTER CASTING VOTE IN BALLOT BOX DURING REGIONAL ELECTIONS VOTER GOING INTO POLL BOOTH BALLOT BEING INSERTED IN BOX VOTERS COMING OUT OF BOOTH PARIS, FRANCE (FILE - DECEMBER 30, 2016) (REUTERS) SOLDIER PATROLLING IN FRONT OF LOUVRE MUSEUM VARIOUS OF POLICEMEN STATIONED OUTSIDE THE LOUVRE SOLDIER PATROLLING IN FRONT OF LOUVRE
- Embargoed: 2nd May 2017 12:23
- Keywords: Marseille attack France election Matthias Fekl Interior Ministry security Paris voting
- Location: PARIS, MARSEILLE AND HENIN-BEAUMONT, FRANCE
- City: PARIS, MARSEILLE AND HENIN-BEAUMONT, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA0026CXESEF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Two Frenchmen were arrested in the southern port city of Marseille on Tuesday (April 18) morning for planning an "imminent and violent attack" ahead of the first round of the presidential election on April 23, France's Interior Minister Matthias Fekl said.
He told reporters in Paris the two French radicalised men, born in 1987 and 1993, intended to commit an attack on French soil in the coming days.
A police source said the two men appeared to have turned to radical Islam during a term in prison. A search of a rented apartment was underway.
Fekl said police were carrying out searches and that security surrounding the elections and the candidates had been strengthened.
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