The police in Southern France’s Marseille city arrested two people. They were carrying guns and bomb-making materials and was planning an ‘imminent and violent attack’ ahead of the first round of France’s Presidential election. The arrested were identified as Mahiedine Merabet and Clement Baur, aged 24 and 30, were French nationals and were detained at different addresses in the southern port city.
“These two radicalised men . intended to commit in the very short-term — by that I mean in the coming days — an attack on French soil,” The Guardian quoted Fekl as saying.
Franois Molins, the Paris Prosecutor said that the two men met in 2015 when they were sharing a prison cell for petty crime. According to local media sources the tip-off had come from the United Kingdom which had ‘intercepted data on two individuals known to the intelligence services’.