The French Police have detained a suspected extremist activist in an alleged assassination attempt on President Emmanuel Macron, according to a report by Parisien, a French newspaper.
The Parisien article stated that the extremist leftist activist is now under investigation and currently in jail, charged with planning to assassinate Emmanuel Macron, the President of the French Republic, in April.
According to the report, the incident under investigation took place on the 27th of April, during President Macron’s visit to the Dou region to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in the country. News of Macron’s participation in the event had been broadcast a few days prior, attracting protesters opposing Macron’s policies, particularly his pension reform measures. The demonstrators tried to breach the security perimeter, forcing the gendarmerie to use tear gas.
At the end of the event, a 20-year-old leftist activist launched a smoke bomb at the helicopter as Macron was departing. As the investigation concluded, the suspect was identified, subsequently detained at his home and placed under arrest. The counter-terrorism prosecutor has levied three charges against him: attempting to destroy a gendarmerie helicopter, attempting to assassinate the security personnel inside it, and trying to assassinate the head of state.
The detainee did not deny his actions, stating that he intended to make Macron understand that the country’s citizens do not agree with his policies through such measures.