Authorities in France say they arrested seven people Sunday and foiled a terror attack that had been "envisaged for some time."
Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Monday that six of those detained were not known to intelligence services. He said the arrests prevented “a terrorist act that had been envisaged for a long time," the Associated Press reported.
Cazeneuve said the seven were of French, Moroccan and Afghan origin and were between 29 and 37 years old.
He said two of the suspects were arrested in the southern city of Marseille and most of the others were detained in the northeastern city of Strasbourg, where a famed Christmas market that attracts tourists from across Europe is set to open this week, USA Today reports.