France foils terrorist attack

French President Emmanuel Macron (R) addresses the press flanked by French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb (L) and French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe (unseen) after he signed a counterterrorism law at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, 30 October 2017. Macron has formally signed a sweeping counterterrorism law that replaces a 2-year-old state of emergency and meant to give police more tools to fight violent extremism. EPA-EFE/CHRISTOPHE ENA/POOL MAXPPP OUT

France foils terrorist attack


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France foiled a terrorist attack, the interior minister Gerard Collomb announced on Friday.

In a statement to BFM TV, Collomb said the two men were “preparing to commit an attack with explosives or ricin”; the two brothers communication via the encrypted platform Telegram was intercepted by intelligence services.

The announcement comes just days after a Chechen-born Islamic extremist stabbed five people in the heart of Paris.

Over 240 civilians have been killed by Islamic terrorism in France over the last three years.

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