Prosecutors started the investigation Tuesday with the suspect accused of “intent to carry out terror” and the “attempted breach of a military base.” Authorities believe that the man acted alone.
The 34-year-old was detained on Friday, two days before the second round of the French presidential election, near the Evreux airbase in the north of the country.
During the arrest, the authorities found “Islamic State” (IS) flags, the French news agency AFP reported. The police also discovered a shotgun, two revolvers and some ammunition in hidden the bushes nearby.
In the suspect’s car found near the base, police also discovered a USB stick with a pledge of alliance to “IS” and a copy of the Quran. The former serviceman later confessed he did intend to commit a terror attack, according to AFP.