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French national arrested in Ukraine 'planned Euro 2016 attacks'

Ukraine's Security Service (SBU) has claimed that a French national arrested last month was planning a series of attacks during the Euro 2016 football tournament.

The man apparently had two rocket launchers and 18 shells for them, more than 5,000 cartridges, 100 detonators, 125 kg of TNT explosives and five Kalashnikov assault rifles in his vehicle when he was arrested on the Ukrainian-Polish border in late May. 

The agency released a video, above, showing the moment of his arrest.

The suspect, who was described as a worker at a farming co-operative from the Lorraine area, in eastern France, had no previous criminal record. He was identified only as Gregoire M. by French media.

SBU chief Vasyl Hrytsak said the man had been planning 15 attacks, on Muslim and Jewish institutions among other places, and was driven by ultra-nationalist views. He expressed negative opinions about immigration in France, Islam and globalisation.

The SBU, which had been watching the suspect since December last year.

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