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French Police Foil Terror Plot Targeting Notre Dame Cathedral 5 Years After Devastating Fire

French police have arrested a man in the nation’s Capital of Paris in connection with an alleged terrorist plot targeting the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral. The arrest comes nearly five years after the cathedral was devastated was a massive fire, the cause of which has never been identified.

French officers of the General Directorate of Internal Security (DGSI) announced the arrest of an Egyptian national with suspected ties to the Islamic State terrorist group.

The man was taken into custody earlier this month on suspicion of planning an attack on Notre Dame Cathedral.

While the man’s arrest was announced at the time, key details such as his nationality, alleged ties to ISIS and his planned attack on the iconic cathedral were first reported by French outlet Le Journal du Dimanche.

The suspected terrorist has since been charged with “criminal terrorist association” and was placed under pre-trial detention on March 8, according to a report from Breitbart News.

“Everything is done to ensure the safety of the French. The prefects received very precise instructions; radicalized people are closely monitored. We have strengthened the security of places of worship and educational buildings, but also of transport and public buildings as well as festive, cultural and religious gatherings,” the French Ministry of the Interior said in a statement.

“Since 2015, the DGSI workforce has been doubled, increasing to more than 5,000 agents. The budget has also been significantly revised upwards. At the same time, 10,000 police officers and gendarmes are mobilized to exercise increased surveillance of places at risk.”

The latest incident comes nearly five years after a fire devastated the medieval cathedral in April 2019. The fire caused extensive damage to the building’s majestic hand-carved roof and caused the iconic spire, which had been one of the most recognizable parts of the Paris skyline, to collapse completely.

A definitive cause of the blaze has never been established, though officials have blamed it on an “accident” that most likely involved a lit cigarette or an electrical malfunction.

The French government has spent more than $800 million on renovating the cathedral over the last five years, which is expected to re-open to the public later this year.

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  • LetsGoBrandon says:

    “Everything is done to ensure the safety of the French.”

    That’s a blatant lie. If they wanted to ensure the safety of the French they’d deport the pedophile false prophet Mohammed worshippers. The French will never be safe as long as there is a single one of them in their midst.

    • Zmb Grrl says:

      I’m tired of the lies. We all know a Muslim terrorist lit that fire five years ago,! Are you kidding me??? Nothing of that scale would escape scrutiny. Nothing was said in order to keep the peace and not look racist against Muslims. Ridiculous. That cathedral is beautiful and incredibly historic. I saw it in person. I felt like I was walking in history–built in the fourteenth century. Amazing what they could do at that point in time with real craftsman who worked on a structure that they probably wouldn’t see finished in their lifetime. If you want to just get a taste of what that might be like read Pillars of the Earth–a great historical fiction piece about a cathedral being built by Ken Follett. But I digress. Muslims are the scum of the Earth and the Democrat Party is second as now the socialist Party of America. All scum.

  • Go ahead, let these people in who just want to kill you. Go ahead. America is in the same boat right now……too liberal to enforce laws.

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