Earlier today, French police reportedly arrested two men on suspicion of plotting a terror attack ahead of the first round of the country’s election.
Breaking911, citing news wire service Reuters, states that an ISIS flag, along with propaganda, were subsequently found at one of the suspects’ homes.
According to the BBC, the suspects – aged 23 and 29 – are “said to have been [radicalized] in prison.”
It is not clear what the men were planning on targeting but officials say they were planning to strike “in the very next days.”
The BBC goes on to cite French intelligence officials that suggest Islamic terrorists are attempting to force a victory for right-wing presidential candidate Marine Le Pen.
“The line of reasoning goes like this,” reads the article. “If there is a lethal attack, then people are more likely to vote for the far-right – and that is what the jihadists want, because a victory for Marine Le Pen could tip the country into chaos.”
Le Pen, meanwhile, has historically blamed the French government for its failure to address Islamic terror.
The BBC reports that Le Pen’s adviser, Florian Philippot told French media “our democracy itself, our voting operation and electoral campaigns are under threat.”
French citizens will head to the polls for the first round of the country’s election in five days.
According to this BBC article even before today’s attack, Le Pen vowed to halt all immigration to France.
The article further states that Le Pen is predicted to make it to the second round of the French election next month. The race between her and the center-left Emmanuel Macron is reportedly very close.