In a concerning development amidst the celebratory atmosphere surrounding the Olympic torch relay, French authorities have apprehended a 26-year-old man in Bordeaux suspected of planning violent actions. 

The individual, identified as Alex G, was taken into custody after authorities discovered alarming online posts referencing a deadly rampage in California in 2014.


French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin confirmed the arrest on the social media platform X, stating that the detainee was plotting potential violence during the passage of the Olympic torch relay in Bordeaux. However, the specifics of his plan and intended target remained unclear.

The suspect’s apprehension was prompted by a disturbing online message reminiscent of the tragic events that unfolded in Santa Barbara, California, on May 23, 2014. 

Elliot Rodger’s rampage claimed the lives of six University of California students before he took his own life. 

The Bordeaux prosecutor, Frédérique Porterie, revealed that the detained individual had admitted to contemplating an act of violence following his own experience as a victim. 

However, there was no explicit mention of targeting the Olympic flame in his communications.

Despite acknowledging the suspect’s psychological fragility, the appointed psychiatric expert found no discernible disorder. 


Porterie disclosed that the detainee, Alex G, has no prior criminal record and resides in the Bordeaux region.

Investigators uncovered disturbing links between the suspect and online communities promoting misogynistic ideologies. 

Of particular concern was his association with “incels,” or “involuntary celibates,” a group notorious for advocating violence against women. 

This revelation underscores the growing threat posed by extremist ideologies propagated online and highlights the urgent need for vigilance in combating radicalization.

The timing of the suspect’s apprehension, coinciding with the Olympic torch relay in Bordeaux, has heightened concerns over the security of the prestigious event. 

With the Paris Olympics just months away, authorities are on high alert for any potential threats to public safety.

In response to the incident, stringent security measures have been implemented to safeguard the Olympic torch relay and ensure the safety of participants and spectators alike. 

Law enforcement agencies are working tirelessly to assess and mitigate any potential risks, reaffirming their commitment to preserving the integrity of the Olympic spirit.

As the investigation into Alex G’s intentions continues, the incident serves as a stark reminder of the persistent threat posed by individuals radicalized by extremist ideologies. 

In an era where online platforms provide a breeding ground for dangerous beliefs, it is imperative for authorities to remain vigilant and proactive in combating radicalization and preventing acts of violence.

As the Olympic torch makes its journey towards its final destination in Paris, the incident in Bordeaux serves as a sobering reminder of the challenges faced in ensuring the safety and security of such high-profile events.


This article was created using automation and was thoroughly edited and fact-checked by one of our staff editorial members


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