French intelligence was reportedly informed on April 1 by their Moroccan counterparts of the imminent terrorist attack in the south of France, targeting a church. A sword was reportedly considered to behead worshipers.
According to the Moroccan Directorate General of Territorial Surveillance (DGST), Rabat “transmitted, on April 1, 2021, to the French internal and external intelligence services (DGSE-DGSI), specific information concerning a French citizen of Moroccan origin, which was preparing an imminent terrorist operation targeting a place of worship in France ”.
According to the MAP, which relays the words of the spokesperson for the DGST, the French authorities then proceeded, on April 3 and 4, “to operations of arrests and seizures which made it possible to neutralize the risks of this terrorist project” . It would have been piloted by a woman who would have received the approval of the terrorist group Daesh and would have had to target a church. Still according to the same source, it would have been a suicide bombing, using a “sword” to “kill” and “mutilate” Christians.
On the night of April 3 to 4, the Directorate General of Internal Security (DGSI) arrested five women on the basis of elements leading to fear of violent action, according to AFP information which quotes a source close to the investigation.
According to Point, these arrests were carried out “in the popular district of La Dévèze”, to the south-east of Béziers (Hérault). The weekly also indicated, citing a local source, that these women “were known to be radicalized and, concerning some of them, to have viewed videos. [de Daesh]”.