Gamers Helped Thwart Assassination Plot Against French President Macron
French police have arrested a 23-year old man accused of plotting the assassination of newly-elected French president, Emmanuel Macron.
The young man, who describes himself as a nationalist, allegedly took to a video game forum to ask for advice about buying a “a Kalashnikov-type weapon” after which users of the forum tipped off police according to The Guardian.
Along with murdering the French president, the man allegedly wanted to kill “blacks, Arabs, Jews and homosexuals.”
When confronted by police, the man attempted to assault them with a kitchen knife before being arrested and charged with “individual terrorist activity.”
The man had previously been charged with glorifying terrorism when he publicly praised the actions of Norwegian mass-murderer Anders Breivik who killed 77 people in Norway, most of whom were children.
Interestingly, at the time of that horrific tragedy, many in the press linked Breivik’s actions to video games, which he apparently used to “train” for the mass slaughter, in a sense laying at least some of the blame at the feet of violent games.
Now gamers have helped stop the assassination of a major world leader in its tracks.
The man was set to carry out the attack on Bastille Day, France’s major national holiday, which president Trump is set to attend.
Bastille Day, which takes place on July 14th, has been marred by assassination attempts and terrorism in the past.
In 2002, Maxime Brunerie—another far-right extremist—was overpowered by civilians during his botched attempt to kill then president Jacques Chirac. In 2016 a jihadist terrorist killed 86 people with a truck in Nice, France.
Whether or not the man would have gone through with the attempt, it’s certainly a good thing he decided to foolishly ask about purchasing a gun to carry out an attack on a video game forum.