Al Qaeda targets Eiffel Tower

Last updated 07:08 11/07/2014

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A plot by al Qaeda terrorists to blow up France's Eiffel Tower and Louvre museum has been discovered by French police.

The plot, detailed in messages between a 29-year-old Algerian living in France and one of al Qaeda's most central members, the Telegraph reported.

The French landmarks were targeted along with nuclear power plants and commercial flights, the paper said.

Alternate targets suggested were police patrols, markets and nightclubs.

According to Le Parisien newspaper, al Qaeda eventually asked the man, known only as Ali M, to travel to Algeria to undergo military training.

He would then return to France, stake out the targets and "await instructions".

But French police arrested him a month before he was due to fly out.

Ali M's lawyer is arguing his client was "brainwashed", and the arrest came as a relief.

The plot was revealed as France's interior minister unveiled tougher anti-terror rules, which included banning a person from leaving the country if they were suspected of fighting in places like Iraq or Syria.

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