Five men have been detained and weapons seized in anti-terrorist operations across France, five days ahead of a tense presidential runoff.

The suspects are between 18 and 24 years old.

The prosecutor’s office says they were picked up in operations in three sites: near the Normandy city of Rouen,   in northern France and in Roanne in central France.

The Paris prosecutor oversees anti-terrorism investigations.

It is not clear whether the arrests had any link to the presidential campaign.

An attack claimed by the Islamic State group killed a police officer in Paris two weeks ago.

France is under a state of emergency after a string of deadly Islamic extremist attacks.

-News24