A 23-year-old man was arrested and charged last Wednesday for allegedly plotting to assassinate the French President Emmanuel Macron.
According to the police spokeswoman Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre, the suspect was acting alone while his plans were vague and not yet finalized.
The man is described as a “far-right nationalist” who was apparently planning to kill Macron during the July 14 Bastille Day parade on the Champs-Elysees. According to RMC, he also wanted to kill “blacks, Arabs, Jews and homosexuals.” He is described as unemployed and psychologically unstable.
The man was arrested at the suburb of Argenteuil near Paris and charged on Saturday. The man was apparently signaled out by intelligence agencies when he tried to buy a Kalashnikov assault rifle online, while expressing the desire to commit an attack.
He appears to have been studying mass attack precedents. According to L’Express, the police have found evidence of the man being inspired by the Columbine massacre.