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BRASÍLIA (AFP) – France has informed Brazil that fears voiced last week of an IS-linked plot to attack the French Olympic delegation turned out to be baseless, the Brazilian government said Tuesday.
French intelligence chief Christophe Gomart mentioned the alleged plot during a French congressional hearing investigating the Paris attacks of January and November 2015, which left 147 dead.
“The French government informed Brazil that reports that a Brazilian supposedly linked to the Islamic State group planned to attack the French delegation during the 2016 Rio Games, were false’’ said a Brazilian government statement.
Gomart told Brazil’s defense ministry that authorities had “concluded the information is false’’ after French agencies in cooperation with other intelligence bodies analyzed it.