France foils FIVE terror attacks since the Charlie Hebdo massacre, Prime Minister reveals

The admission follows the arrest of a man, 24, plotting to storm churches in Paris and security was increased at 178 Catholic institutions

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Five terror attacks have been foiled in France since the Charlie Hebdo massacre, reveals its Prime Minister.

The admission follows the arrest of a man, 24, plotting to storm churches in Paris in a suburb of the French capital with an armoury of weapons including Kalashnikov assault rifles.

PM Manuel Valls said: “Numerous attacks had already been foiled. Five if you take into account the attack at Villejuif.”

Mr Valls ordered increased security at 178 Catholic institutions.

In January terrorists killed 17 people, including staff at Charlie Hebdo magazine.

Police are hunting two accomplices in the most recent plot, similar to the three al-Qaeda and Islamic State-linked Parisians who killed 17 people around the French capital in January.

They murdered staff including cartoonists from the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, as well as police officers and four Jews, before being killed themselves.

Mr Valls said: “The threat has never been as high. We have never had to face this kind of terrorism in our history.”

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