Three people have been detained and taken into custody over the incident, according to Agence France Presse
Criminal police officers in Paris have opened an investigation into an attempted break-in at the Elysée Palace, the residence of French President Emmanuel Macron. This was reported by Agence France Presse on Friday.
According to the agency, three people have been detained and taken into custody over the incident. They are accused of “attempting to commit an act of violence with weapons”, the prosecutor’s office said. According to a source familiar with the progress of the investigation, the main suspect is 33-year-old artist of Belarusian origin Alexei Kuzmich. He published an appeal to the French leader on his Instagram page, in which he said he had “come to make a revolution.”
Two other detainees – a man and a woman, whose nationality is not specified – are also in custody for “having taken photos and videos of the scene,” said the prosecutor’s office in Paris. It is noted that the photographer has been sent to the psychiatric ward of the Paris police prefecture.
On April 1, according to Paris police, a man armed with a bottle with a lit piece of cloth stuck in it tried to sneak into the courtyard of the Elysee Palace. He was spotted climbing over the fence. During preliminary questioning, the detainee stated that he did not intend to commit any violent acts.