French police foil terror attack after arresting seven suspects
French police foiled a terror attack after arresting several suspects over the weekend. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said seven men of French, Moroccan and Afghan origin and aged from 29 to 37 years, were arrested. Two of the suspects were caught in France’s second biggest city, Marseille and the others in Strasbourg.
Cazeneuve said: “An attack has been foiled … The scale of the terrorist threat is enormous and it is not possible to ensure zero risk despite everything we are doing.” He did not say comment on the target of the would-be attackers, although the mayor of Strasbourg said it appeared the plot focused on the “Paris region”.
France remains under emergency rule after a number of high profile attacks by Islamic fundamentalist groups. Between January 7 and 9 2015, 17 people were killed across France in four shooting attacks. The worst attack saw 12 people die and 11 injured when two gunmen stormed the satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris.
On 13 November, France commemorated the one year anniversary of the Paris terror atrocities, where 130 people died in coordinated attacks across the city. Terrorists targeted cafes, restaurants, the Stade de France and Bataclan theatre – where 89 people were killed during an Eagles of Death Metal concert. Eighty-seven people were killed as they celebrated Bastille Day in Nice on 14 July 2016 when Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, a Tunisian resident of France, drove a cargo truck through crowds gathered on the Promenade des Anglais.
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