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French security agents arrested six people Tuesday on suspicion of plotting to attack French President Emmanuel Macron, according to a French judicial official.

"The investigation is looking into an imprecise and loosely formed plan for violent action against the President of the Republic", the source said.

CNN affiliate BFM-TV reported that the suspects belonged to the far right.

Authorities said the six were between the ages of 22 and 62 and included one woman.

The arrests were carried out in three separate areas of France: Isere, southeast of Lyon; Moselle, on the border with Germany and Luxembourg; and in Ille-et-Vilaine, in the northwest near the city of Rennes.

It was not immediately clear what the connection between those arrested was.

The arrest comes nearly 18 months after a 23-year-old man was arrested and charged with plotting to kill the French president at a Bastille Day parade in July 2017.

Three kitchen knives were found in his vehicle and analysis of his computer found that he had conducted internet searches as part of his plot.

Italy and France's far-right leaders launched their European Parliament election campaign on Monday (8 October) with an attack on the "Brussels bunker" they hope to enter en masse after the May vote.

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