French soldiers patrol in the street near a department store in Paris as part of the highest level of "Vigipirate" security plan in Paris January 10, 2015.
French soldiers patrol in the street near a department store in Paris as part of the highest level of "Vigipirate" security plan in Paris January 10, 2015.

PARIS - A thwarted attack on military targets in France attempted by three suspects currently in detention followed an order made by a Syria-based member of Islamic State, French prosecutors said in a statement on Friday.

It said the three suspects were now being investigated on charges of preparing a terrorist act.

French authorities said this week they had arrested individuals suspected of preparing an attack in January 2016 involving the beheading of a senior military official in the south of France.