French man who planned major Euro 2016 terrorist attack planned named

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A man who was detained while carrying a huge quantity of weapons with the intention of carrying out an attack on the European Championships in France this summer has been named as Gregoire Moutaux.

Security services are on high alert ahead of the tournament, which gets underway on Friday with hosts France taking on Romania at the Stade de France, which was targeted as part of the Paris attacks in November during which 130 people lost their lives.

French media outlets have today revealed the identity of Moutaux, who was caught last month on the border of Ukraine and Poland carrying a huge armoury including amassed guns, detonators and 125kg of TNT. Another man was also pulled out of the vehicle alongside the French native.

Security forces had been tailing the 25-year-old for some time, and had seen him purchase five machine guns, two rocket-propelled grenades, and other weapons. His dramatic arrest was caught on camera by police surveillance, which you can see below.

Ukrainian security chief Vasily Gritsak today said: "The Frenchman spoke negatively about his government's actions, mass immigration, the spread of Islam and globalisation, and also talked about plans to carry out several terrorist attacks."

Moutaux had reportedly planned to target key infrastructure in France including bridges and Mosques during Euro 2016, but it's not known whether he intended to target matches themselves.

Earlier on today, Gritsak also revealed that 15 plots to target Euro 2016 have already been foiled, and also warned of more to come.

France are considered one of the favourites for the tournament on home soil, which runs up until July 10. England get their campaign underway against Russia in Marseille on Saturday. 

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