Brussels Attackers’ Original Target Was France, Prosecutor Says

PARIS — Belgian authorities announced on Sunday that the group of attackers who targeted the Brussels airport and metro on March 22 had initially planned to hit France.

The Belgian federal prosecutor’s office said in a statement that “numerous elements in the investigation have shown that the terrorist group initially had the intention to strike in France again.”

“Eventually, surprised by the speed of the progress in the ongoing investigation, they urgently took the decision to strike in Brussels,” the statement said.