Paris, France — The French government has expelled an Iranian diplomat and frozen the assets of the Iranian Intelligence service over links to a thwarted terrorist attack close to Paris this summer.

The target of the attack was an assembly of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), an exiled opposition group with close ties to the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), on July 30. The meeting had numerous high-profile participants, to include Rudy Giuliani, former New York mayor and President Donald Trump’s lawyer, and several former Arab and European foreign and defence ministers. The planned attack was thwarted through a combined operation by the German, Belgian, and French intelligence and law enforcement services.

The plot was first uncovered by the Belgian authorities. Early in June, law enforcement forces apprehended two Belgian nationals of Iranian descent that carried almost a 1lb of TAPT — a lethal homemade explosive that has been used in numerous terrorist attacks to include the 2005 bombings in London and the 2015 Paris attacks. Almost immediately thereafter, German authorities arrested an Iranian ‘diplomat’ that proved to be the handler of the group.

“We are still following up with Tehran on the Villepinte affair to draw all the necessary consequences, but the political and diplomatic dialogue between Iran and France continues,” said a senior member of the French Foreign Ministry.