Assassination bid on French President Sarkozy

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Paris, Dec16: French President Nicholas Sarkozy on Monday, Dec 15 escaped an attempt on his life, when a man armed with a knife and Taser stun gun was arrested.

According to The Sun, police wrestled the 25-year-old to the ground as he tried to break into the Elysee Palace, the French President's official residence. Cops found the weapons inside his military-style jacket.

Sarkozy was inside at the time, meeting Montenegro's Premier Milo Djukanovic.

His security guards are treating the lunchtime incident as an attempt on his life.

A witness said "There was a group of men at the main entrance when the guards suddenly pulled one man aside. There was a violent struggle before the man dressed in an army-type jacket was dragged down and held at gunpoint. He was pushed into a police van and driven off."

An official said on Monday that the man was in custody and being quizzed on suspicion of a plot to assassinate Sarkozy.

ANI

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