A man was arrested on Wednesday in Paris for a plot to assassinate French President Emmanuel Macron. The assassination was planned to take place on July 14th, France’s Bastille Day.
A source informed AFP that the man also planned to attack “Muslims, Jews, blacks, homosexuals.”
Police arrested the man at his home in the northwest Paris suburb of Argenteuil on Wednesday after being alerted by users of a chatroom linked to a video game where he allegedly said he wanted to buy a firearm.
Three kitchen knives were found in his vehicle and analysis of his computer found that he had conducted internet searches on potential targets, the source said.
He was charged on Saturday with plotting to commit a terrorist act, the judicial source said.
The man was convicted for condoning terrorism in 2016 and sentenced to three years in prison, of which 18 months were suspended.
France is under a continued state of emergency since the terrorist attack on Paris in November 2015 that took 130 lives.