French authorities foiled a suspected assassin trying to storm the presidential palace yesterday, the Daily Mail reports. The man, armed with a knife and an electric stun-gun type of weapon, tried to slip past guards at President Nicolas Sarkozy's residence. He was stopped at gunpoint after a violent struggle and is being held in custody for questioning.
The security team is treating the incident as an attempt on Sarkozy's life, said a French official. The 25-year-old suspect had concealed the weapons under a heavy, military-style jacket. Sarkozy was inside the palace at the time, holding a meeting with Montenegro's prime minister.