‘Imminent’ Terrorist Attack Foiled by French Police, Two Arrests Made

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French police in Marseille arrested two suspected radicals today who were allegedly planning to commit a terrorist attack before the first round of the French presidential election.

“The men are suspected of wanting to commit, in an imminent way, a violent action on the eve of the French presidential election,” said interior minister Matthias Fekl. “Everything has been put in place to ensure the security of this big event for our democracy and our republic.”

Sky News reports that the two suspects, both Frenchmen, have been identified as Mahiedine Merabet and Clement Baur. French internal security agents helped the police make the arrest, and they seized guns and bomb-making materials as part of their search.

The news comes as the people of France prepare to cast their votes on Sunday in the first stage of a two-part election. France has remained on high alert ever since the 2015 massacre in Paris, and national security has been a major focus of the election so far.

The current state of the race is a four-way battle between independent centrist Emmanuel Macron, far-right leader Marine Le Pen, left-winger Jean-Luc Melenchon, and conservative candidate Francois Fillon.

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