Two held in France on suspicion of planning attack during election


PARIS: Two men were arrested on Tuesday in Marseille, southern France, on suspicion of planning an attack during presidential elections which open on Sunday, judicial and police sources said.

Police, who had been hunting the pair since the end of last week, seized them a few minutes apart in the southeastern port city, the police source said. The police source said the two men appeared to have turned ‘radical’ during a term in prison. A search of a rented apartment was underway.

France goes to the polls to choose a new president on April 23, with the second round of voting due on May 7. France has been under a state of emergency, which has been extended several times, in the face of militant attacks in Paris and other parts of the country in which more than 230 people have been killed.