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French authorities arrest 6 in planned attack on President Emmanuel Macron

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French president Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech during a ceremony for French writer and former soldier Maurice Genevoix (1890-1980), secretary of the Academie Francaise on Nov. 6, 2018. Copyright Ludovic Marin
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By David K. Li with NBC News World News
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The suspects had an "imprecise and loosely-formed" plan.

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Six people have been arrested in connection to a foiled plot to attack French President Emmanuel Macron, an official said Tuesday.

Suspects had an "imprecise and loosely-formed" plan for "violent action" against Macron, a source close to the matter told the Associated Press and Reuters.

French broadcasters BFM TV reported that the six were members of a far-right group, according to Reuters.

The arrests were made in southeast of Lyon, in Moselle on the border with Germany and Luxembourg and in northwest Ille-et-Vilaine, Reuters reported.

Macron was in the northeast city of Verdun, about 160 miles away from Paris, on Tuesday to take part in World War I commemorations.

President Trump is scheduled to visit France this weekend.

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