French President Emmanuel Macron was sent a severed human finger by post, local media has reported.
The upsetting delivery was reportedly made to the correspondence service of the Elysee, the French presidential palace.
A security source claimed to French publication Valeurs Actuelle: “The finger was placed in the same fridge where police officers put their snacks.”
Police eventually recovered the severed appendix from the presidential residence, the report claimed, and the person to whom the finger belongs has since been identified.
The identification triggered the appropriate procedures to offer the unnamed individual the help needed.
A source familiar with the matter has claimed the finger came from a living person, and is purported to belong to the author of the letter sent alongside the appendage.
The person is believed to be affected by mental health issues.
A probe into the incident has since been launched, it has been reported.
News of the incident emerged on the eve of Bastille Day, one of the most important national holidays in the French calendar.
This year, the yearly military parade is expected to be attended by President Macron as well as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as his guest of honour.
The celebrations will come after riots sparked by the alleged shooting of a teenager by a police officer at a traffic stop shook Paris and several other cities and suburbs to the core.
Bastille Day is already a celebration prone to lead to vandalism, a report by France 24, said, but this year the French government has deployed high security to stave off violence as much as possible following the upset earlier this month.
A total of 130,000 officers will be patrolling the streets across the days of Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
Helicopters and drones will also be used over the next few days.
Gerald Darmanin, the French interior minister, said during a press conference: “The goal is to guarantee maximum security so people can enjoy the national holiday without facing a bunch of offenders. The order is to detain those who try to disrupt public order.”
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