French police seize ‘radicalised ex-soldier’ near military base two days before presidential election

A “radicalised” former solider known to authorities has been arrested near a French military base in Normandy, say judicial sources.

The arrest comes two days before the second round runoff in France’s presidential elections between centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-Right Marine Le Pen.

Anti-terror prosecutors have been informed, the sources told French media and agencies.

The man, known to be “radicalised” and on France’s “S” list of individuals who could pose a security threat, was arrested late Thursday near a military base in Evreux, in the Eure, northwestern France.