Neo-Nazi Sympathizer Arrested for Planning to Assassinate French President Macron
A 23-year-old was arrested by police Wednesday and charged with plotting to assassinate French President Emmanuel Macron on Bastille Day, July 14th, during the parade in Paris.
The would-be assassin labeled himself a “nationalist” that planned on taking out Macron as well as “Muslims, Jews, blacks … homosexuals”. The man claimed he was hunting for a gun while participating in a “video game room internet chat”. Users told authorities and the suspect was found in his northwest Paris home and three kitchen knives were discovered in his vehicle.
This same man was sentenced to three years in prison after “condoning terrorism” in 2016 but he was released after 18 months due to the terms of his sentence.
The annual Bastille Day parade in Paris takes place on the Champs-Élysees, which has been the site of previous terror attempts. A terrorist attack occurred in April when an Islamic extremist shot and killed a police officer. A man died in June after a botched suicide bombing attempt when he rammed a vehicle filled with explosives into a police car.
Last Bastille Day a jihadist killed 86 people in Nice. France has been in a state of emergency since 2015.