Far-right group on trial over Macron assassination plot

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Thirteen people said to be affiliated with the extreme right-wing group ‘Les Barjols’ (‘The Crazies’), which allegedly conspired to kill French President Emmanuel Macron, were put on trial in a Paris court on Tuesday.

The defendants – 11 men and two women between the ages of 22 and 66 – have been charged with conspiring to commit an act of terrorism, which carries a maximum sentence of ten years in prison. The trial is scheduled to conclude on February 3.

The court hearings come after a four year-long investigation into the group, which is said to have been plotting assorted acts of violence, including attacks on mosques, migrants, and even the assassination of Macron at a public event commemorating the World War I armistice, according to the indictment. None of these alleged plans ever came to fruition, and some of the charges initially brought up against the suspects were dropped during the investigation.

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