France terror suspects plotted to behead military staffer, prosecutor's office says

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said one of the suspects is a former French navy sailor.

Story highlights

  • Plot centered on the national commando training center, Paris prosecutor's office says
  • Four suspects, ages 16 to 23, were detained this week, interior minister says
  • The "main instigator" of the alleged plot has ties to jihadists currently in prison, he says

(CNN)Four terror suspects detained by French intelligence agents were plotting to behead a senior military staffer at a military site in southern France, a spokeswoman for the Paris prosecutor's office said Thursday.

The alleged plot centered on the national commando training center in Port-Vendres, near Perpignan, said Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre, and was due to be carried out in late 2015 or early 2016.
The suspects planned to film the scene with a GoPro camera, she said.