ISIS terrorists were planning to target Disneyland and a Christmas market on the Champs-Elysees during a new attack on Paris next week, police have revealed.
Jihadists were plotting to strike on December 1 and had also researched sites including a police headquarters, Metro station and city center cafes.
Seven Muslim terrorists were arrested in police raids last weekend in the eastern city of Strasbourg and Marseille in the south following an eight-month investigation by security services, although two were later released.
Some had made internet searches on sites including the Christmas market on the prestigious Champs-Elysees avenue, the Disneyland Paris theme park, cafe terraces in the northeast of the capital, the Paris criminal police headquarters and a metro station, a police source said.
Five of the Muslim terrorists have had their custody extended under legislation covering investigations into an imminent terror attack.
One of the terrorists is said to have told investigators that attacks were planned and named the police headquarters in central Paris and the DGSI domestic security department in the northwest of the city as targets.
Some members of the group are thought to have taken orders from a Syria-based jihadist.
Disneyland Paris said in a statement that the safety and security of its guests is ‘our number one priority’, adding: ‘We work closely with state and local authorities, and constantly review the security measures we have in place.’
Two handguns, an automatic pistol, a submachine gun and jihadist propaganda were all found during the raids in which they were arrested.