Man charged for threatening to kill France’s Macron


PARIS: A 23-year-old man has been charged with plotting to assassinate President Emmanuel Macron at France’s Bastille Day parade, a judicial source said Monday. The self-described nationalist, who was arrested last Wednesday, told investigators he wanted to kill Macron at the July 14 national day parade in Paris, a source close to the investigation said. He said he also wanted to attack “Muslims, Jews, blacks, homosexuals,” the source added. Police arrested the man at his home in the northwest Paris suburb of Argenteuil after being alerted by users of a chatroom linked to a video game where he allegedly said he wanted to buy a firearm. Three kitchen knives were found in his vehicle and analysis of his computer found that he had conducted internet searches on potential targets, the source said. He was charged on Saturday with plotting to commit a terrorist act, the judicial source said. The man was convicted for condoning terrorism in 2016 and sentenced to three years in prison, of which 18 months were suspended.


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