French authorities thwart pre-election attack

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By Euronews
French authorities thwart pre-election attack

<p>French authorities have detained two men on suspicion of plotting an imminent attack.</p> <p>The arrests were made in the southern city of Marseille, just five days before the first round of the presidential election.</p> <p>France’s <span class="caps">DGSI</span> domestic intelligence agency reportedly suspects the pair of planning an attack to coincide with Sunday’s ballot (April 23).</p> <p>Both men are believed to have been radicalised in prison.</p> <p>Reports suggest guns and material for making explosives have been found in a city centre flat during the course of the investigation.</p> <p>Interior Minister Matthias Fekl said a definite attack had been headed off.</p> <p>“These two radicalised French nationals, born in 1987 and 1993, intended to commit in the very short-term – and by that I mean in the coming days – an attack on French soil,” Fekl told a press conference.</p> <p>More than 230 people have been killed in Islamist attacks in France over the last two years, pushing President François Hollande to declare France a nationwide state of emergency. National security has been high on candidates’ agendas in the run-up to the first-round vote. </p> <p>The suspects had been sought by the <span class="caps">DGSI</span> for over a week. It warned main candidates in the ballot of a threat to their security, according to campaign officials.</p>