A 23-year-old man was arrested on 28 June in Argenteuil for an “individual terrorist enterprise”. He was allegedly reported after inquiring on the internet for the purchase of a Kalashnikov, in order to assassinate the president during the July 14 parade.
He threatened to kill Emmanuel Macron on 14 July: a 23-year-old man with nationalist convictions who wanted to attack the president during the military parade on the National Day was charged and imprisoned.
Interviewed on June 28 at his home in Argenteuil, he was indicted on Saturday for an individual terrorist enterprise, a judicial source confirmed, confirming information from RMC.
The suspect, who described himself as a “nationalist” in police custody, had multiple targets: he told the investigators of the Anti-Terrorist Sub-Directorate (Sdat) that he was also targeting “Muslims, Jews , Black, homosexuals, “according to a source close to the investigation.
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He was spotted after trying to acquire a firearm on a video game site.
Several Internet users have reported it on the Pharos Platform (Platform for Harmonization, Analysis, Cross-checking and Reporting Guidance), which makes it possible to inform the authorities about illegal content or behavior on the Internet.
During the searches, the police discovered three kitchen knives in his vehicle. The operation of his computer revealed that he had carried out searches on the internet concerning potential targets, added the source close to the investigation, without further details.
Emmanuel Macron will attend on July 14 his first parade as head of state, accompanied by US President Donald Trump.
Already condemned in 2016 for the apology of terrorism
The young man is known to the judiciary: he was sentenced in 2016 to three years in prison, including 18 months suspended and prosecuted for inciting racial hatred and apologizing for terrorism after boasting of the acts of the neo-Nazi Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people in Norway, including 69 on the island of Utoya, on 22 July 2011.
His project and profile are reminiscent of Maxime Brunerie, who had targeted President Jacques Chirac as he traveled up the Champs-Elysees on 14 July 2002 shortly before the start of the parade.
His attempt to fire a long rifle rifle, which he had hidden in a guitar case, had been diverted by a spectator and had then been mastered by several people.
Brunerie, a former activist of the nationalistic identity movement, was sentenced in December 2004 to ten years’ imprisonment. “I wanted to do something historical,” he explained at his trial.
After his release on 3 August 2009, he said he had “completely flogged”. “There was a part of freewheeling, of completely uncontrolled narcissism,” he said.
Moreover, in a separate case, a 21-year-old man, close to the ultra-right who threatened social networks to attack migrants and jihadists, was arrested on 27 June in the Bouches-du- -Rhône and charged with criminal association in connection with a terrorist enterprise , a court source said Monday.