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Two suspects arrested in France over ‘pre-election attack plot’

Clement B (L) and Mahiedine M (R)

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of planning an imminent attack in France, five days before the first round of France’s presidential election.

BBC reports that the  suspects, aged 23 and 29, were detained in Marseille by elite police and domestic intelligence agents after a search that had lasted several days.

A flat in the rue de Crimée in Marseille’s central third district was being searched amid reports that guns and material used for making explosives had been found. Neither man was from Marseille.

Both men named as Mahiedine M, 29, and from Croix near the Belgian border, and Clément B, aged 23 and from Ermont, north of Paris were said to have been radicalised in prison.

France remains under a state of emergency after a series of attacks that have claimed some 230 lives.

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