Ukraine court jails Frenchman for 6 years over planned Euro 2016 attack

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Kiev (AFP)

A Ukrainian court on Monday sentenced a Frenchman to six years in jail after finding him guilty of planning a terror attack in France during the Euro 2016 football championship.

"The court today sentenced a 27-year-old French citizen over the handling of illegal weapons, ammunition and explosives... and preparing to carry out a terror attack" on French soil, a spokeswoman for the regional prosecutors, Nataliya Murakhevych, told AFP.

Gregoire Moutaux was detained on the Ukrainian border with Poland in May 2016.

Ukraine's SBU security service said the apparent far-right extremist was found with a huge weapons cache and intended to stage 15 strikes against mosques and synagogues in France.

The SBU said Moutaux, a worker for an agricultural cooperative, had entered Ukraine in December 2015 and acquired his arsenal in the war-scarred east.

SBU-released video footage of him and an accomplice shows a huge cache of arms that included 125 kilos (275 pounds) of weapons-grade explosives.

Moutaux was arrested while he was trying to cross into Poland and SBU then said he had requested the help of a Ukrainian national to carry his arsenal haul into France.