Blindjustice BATONEFFECT wrote:
Police arrested two men in Marseille Tuesday on suspicion of planning an attack, just days before the first round of France’s presidential election, with bomb-making materials and guns found in searches.http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/0 ... PcbPaIlGUk
The foiled plot sparked fears that the closing days of the campaign could be a target for extremists ahead of Sunday’s vote, the country’s most unpredictable election in decades.
Elite police and agents from France’s domestic intelligence agency detained the two Frenchmen — identified only as 23-year-old Clement B. and Mahiedine M., 29 in the Mediterranean port city and Interior Minister Matthias Fekl said they were known to be “radicalized.”
“They were aiming to commit in the very short term, in other words in the next few days, an attack on French soil,” Fekl said.
Police found guns and bomb-making materials in searches across Marseille. Later in the day, soldiers and police were still sealing off a road where one of the men was arrested.
Officials gave no indication of who the men had been targeting, but the campaign team of far-right candidate Marine Le Pen linked the arrests to her planned campaign visit to the city on Wednesday.
and a day later:
A gunman wielding an assault rifle on Thursday night killed a police officer on Paris’s most iconic boulevard, the Champs-Élysées, stirring France’s worst fears of a terrorist attack, which could tip voting in a hotly contested presidential election that starts on Sunday.
The gunman was shot dead by the police as he tried to flee on foot; two other police officers and a bystander were wounded.
Near midnight, President François Hollande said in an address to the nation that the attack appeared to be an act of terrorism. The Islamic State claimed responsibility in a message posted on a jihadi channel, and the Paris prosecutor said he had opened a terrorism investigation.https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/20/worl ... .html?_r=0
Analysts have been saying for weeks that an attack just before the first vote, or between the first vote and the runoff on May 7, could tip the election toward a candidate perceived as tougher on crime and terrorism, especially the far-right leader Marine Le Pen, who hardened her stand against Muslim immigration in the campaign’s final days, linking it to security fears, or François Fillon, who has pledged to eradicate Islamic terrorism.
In a statement from the Isis-affiliated Amaq news agency, the extremist group gave a pseudonym for the shooter, indicating he was Belgian.
US President Donald Trump said: “It looks like another terrorist attack. What can you say – it never ends. We have to be strong and be vigilant.” http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world ... 94046.html
'Look whats happening in Sweden, look whats happening in France, Germany' etc
how people scorned Trump for that, then we have the mayor of London claiming terrorism is just part of city living (acceptable levels of violence ring any bells? i.e you believe you cant do much about it but reduce the overall total)
Sadiq Khan has said he believes the threat of terror attacks are “part and parcel of living in a big city” and http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/ho ... 22846.html