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Centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron waves supporters after casting his vote in the first round of the French presidential election, in le Touquet, northern France, Sunday April 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

A suspected extremist was charged with plotting to assassinate France's president on Bastille Day


French authorities have charged a suspected extremist with plotting to possibly assassinate President Emmanuel Macron on Bastille Day.

The terrorism charges also allege the man was planning a possible attack on minority groups.

A spokesperson with the Paris prosecutor's office told the Associated Press that the man in question was 23 and that he appeared to be acting alone. The spokesperson also said his plans were vague and incomplete.

The man was arrested in the Argenteuil suburb of Paris last Wednesday and given preliminary charges over the weekend after his Bastille Day attack plans were foiled. Police were initially alerted to the suspect by people in a video game chat room, where he allegedly said he wanted to buy a gun.

According to the BBC, this isn't the first time the suspect has been arrested. He was convicted last year of praising and condoning terrorism after the 2011 mass murder in Norway.

Macron is scheduled to oversee a military parade across Paris on Bastille Day, which falls on July 14 and commemorates the start of the French Revolution. President Donald Trump is also expected to attend the parade.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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