A man was arrested for “threatening to kill” French President Emmanuel Macron on Bastille Day during Donald Trump’s visit to France. The attack was planned on July 14 during the parade on the Champs-Élysées, where Trump is expected to be a guest of honor.
The 23-year-old man who was previously convicted of activity related to terrorism, but has not yet been named, is a self-described “far-right nationalist,” and says he wanted to make a political statement by killing Macron during Trump’s visit as well as attack “blacks, Arabs, Jews and homosexuals.” He was fortunately arrested on Saturday and charged with “individual terrorist activity” (In America, we would call him a “lone wolf” and forget about him the next day).
He was busted after posting on a video game site that he wanted to buy a Kalashnikov-type weapon — that is, any weapon based on the design of former Russian General Mikhail Kalashnikov — to commit the attack, CNN reports.
It seems only appropriate that he would choose to strike at Macron during Trump’s visit. After all, Macron was the first world leader to humiliate far-Right hero Trump with a handshake. He also notably snubbed Trump to hug German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The Donald also heavily supported Macron’s opponent, a far-right nationalist who represents Trump’s hateful viewpoints perfectly, in the recent election.
Fortunately, authorities were able to work quickly to apprehend the man, who represented a threat not only to Macron, but to thousands of innocent people who will be in attendance.
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