March 23, 2017 / 2:41 PM / 3 years ago

France's Hollande says French suspect likely involved in attempted Antwerp attack

French President Francois Hollande attends an event on state reform and simplification at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France. March 23, 2017. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande said on Thursday that a French national appeared to have been involved in a suspected, attempted attack in the Belgium city of Antwerp.

“It seemed to involve a French national, with possibly a certain number of weapons in his boot - it’s up to the judges to make a statement on that - who was looking to kill or at the very least create a dramatic incident,” Hollande told reporters.

“Therefore we must continue to be on high alert and mobilise all our forces,” he added.

Earlier on Thursday, Belgian prosecutors said that a man who had tried to drive at high speed into a shopping district in Antwerp was a French national, living in France, with knives and other weapons in his car.

Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta and Elizabeth Pineau; Editing by John Irish

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