Rififi near the Elysee. A man tried to break into the courtyard of the presidential palace, located at 55 rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, mid-day on Thursday, Le Figaro has learned from confirming sources
Trying to climb the enormous gate protecting the residence of the president of the republic, Emmanuel Macron, and his wife Brigitte, he was holding a bottle of liquid and a piece of cloth previously set on fire, according to a court order. source.
The man was accompanied by a couple who photographed and videotaped the scene. All three were taken into custody for “premeditated violence with weapons”, the same source adds. The investigation has been entrusted to a crime squad. The latter has to determine whether the flaming bottle was thrown or whether the man simply dropped the object.
Investigators also have to find out the motives of the culprits. According to a police source, the liquid in the burning bottle was not dangerous and a man in his early thirties could claim to be an artist who did not want to commit an act of violence.