A suspected assassin has been caught trying to break into Nicolas Sarkozy’s presidential palace in Paris.
The 25-year-old intruder was wrestled to the ground as he tried to slip past guards at the main entrance of the Elysee Palace on Monday afternoon.
A police official said the man was searched at the scene and found to be armed with a
knife and a Taser-type weapon that fires high-voltage electric darts.
Mr Sarkozy’s security detail were treating the break-in as an assassination attempt on the president. The official said the intruder was ‘being held in custody and questioned about his intentions’.
He said the man had the weapons concealed beneath a thick, military jacket.
'The security team that protects the president are treating this attempted breach of security as an attempt on his life,' the official added.
A witness said that a group of men were at the pal
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