French police reportedly stop alleged copycat attack after three killed in Nice

French police foiled another attack Thursday by stopping a man near a church in a suburb of Paris after he told his father he wanted to “do as in Nice,” referring to the killing of three people earlier in the day, according to a report.

The suspect was arrested near the Saint-Martin’s Church in Sartrouville, were he was believed to be in possession of a knife, Le Parisien reported.

Alerted by the man’s father about the alleged plot, police rushed to the scene and arrested the man in his vehicle, according to the news outlet.

The suspect allegedly intended to carry out a copycat attack similar to the one that took place in the Mediterranean city, where an assailant armed with a knife killed three people.

The attack in Nice was the third in two months in France that officials have attributed to Muslim extremists, including the beheading of a teacher.

It comes amid a mounting furor over caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad that were republished by the satirical paper Charlie Hebdo — renewing intense debate over depictions that Muslims consider offensive but are protected by free speech laws

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