France informed of planned terror attack on Rio team

In a section of the report, made public this week, the head of French intelligence told a parliamentary commission that he had been informed of the plot planned by a Brazilian national.

French squad for Rio is under terror threat.   -  Reuters

A Brazilian terorist was plotting an attack against the French delegation at the summer Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, the head of a French military intelligence agency has said.

The plans were revealed by General Christophe Gomart, head of the Directorate of Military Intelligence (DRM), at a parliamentary commission in May investigating the November attacks in Paris which left 147 people dead.

In a section of the report, made public this week, Gomart told the commission that he had been informed of the plot — planned by a Brazilian national — “by our partners“.

He did not give any further details.

Brazil’s institutional security cabinet, which co-ordinates the information services in the country, said they had received no information from the French authorities.

“We were not the source of information and the Brazilian intelligence agency (ABIN) was not officially informed either of this matter,” a spokesman said.

In early July, the Brazilian Minister of Justice, Alexandre Moraes, said a jihadist attack in Rio de Janeiro during the Olympics was a “possibility” but “not a probability“.