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French police foil an Islamist plot to attack the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre

French police foiled plans by Islamist terrorists to attack famous historical sites, including the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre.

Officials unraveled the sinister plot after a senior al-Qaeda member sent a 29-year-old Algerian butcher in southern France numerous “suggestions on future jihad activity”. [in France]“, reports France 24.

Known only as Ali M, the Butcher told his terrorist connection that they should target famous locations across the country, mentioning the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre Museum in central Paris.

He then suggested an attack against “the planes at the time of takeoff”, according to the newspaper Le Parisien.

Referring to the local arts festival in Avignon, the butcher added that they should target “cultural events taking place in the south of France during which Christians gather for a month”, reports France 24.

The butcher had planned to focus on “average French citizens from the poorer classes” who he said could be found in public places like bars and nightclubs.

“The roads are full of people and a single grenade would be enough to injure dozens of people,” he said in an email. “Imagine the effect of an improvised explosive device (IED).”

Police arrested Ali M in June 2013.

His arrest came just a month before the Algerian planned to fly to Tunisia and then to Algeria, where he was supposed to complete his terrorist training.