“Imminent and violent attack” thwarted in France

With the first date of the French presidential election merely days away, a major catastrophe was avoided when two men were arrested with a cache of explosives in their respective Marseilles homes.

Identified only as Maehiedine M. and Clement B., the men were described as “radicalized French nationals” who are between 24 and 30 years of age.

What was called a “massive amount of explosives, containers of acetone and many weapons” were seized from the residences by French authorities.

Paris prosecutor François Molins added that the plot was “a violent action of imminent nature on French territory,” but did not give any details if the election and its various locations were targeted.

“These two radicalized men … intended to commit in the very short-term — by that I mean in the coming days — an attack on French soil,” France’s Interior Minister Matthias Fekl said.

The men had been on a French watch list but authorities were unable to maintain any investigation of them or account for their whereabouts.

The elections will take place in France on April 23 and May 7.

France has become a hotbed for radical Islamic terrorist attacks, with more than 230 murdered as a result in the past two years alone.

 

H/T: NBC News

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