A ‘FAR-right terrorist’ has been charged with planning to assassinate French president Emmanuel Macron (pictured above) in front of his US counterpart Donald Trump during Bastille Day celebrations in Paris.
The Day Of The Jackal-style plot by the unnamed 23-year-old Frenchman was foiled when he tried to get hold of a Kalashnikov rifle through an online gaming forum monitored by intelligence officers.
When anti-terrorism police turned up at his flat in the suburb of Argenteuil, he threatened them with a kitchen knife. He was overpowered and placed in custody. Other weapons were found in his car.
Prosecuting sources said the man was ‘psychologically disturbed but determined’.
They added that the man, who was charged at the weekend, was from the ‘extreme-right’ and wanted to murder Mr Macron, as well as ‘blacks, Arabs, Jews and homosexuals’.
He allegedly planned to target Mr Macron as he took the salute at the Bastille Day celebrations on July 14.
Mr Trump will be this year’s guest of honour on France’s national day, which recalls the storming of the Bastille during the French Revolution in 1789.
The alleged assassination plot resembled Frederick Forsyth’s thriller about a terrorist hitman called The Jackal planning to shoot president Charles de Gaulle in revenge for him granting independence to Algeria.