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France smashes neo-Nazi cell over plot to attack Jews, Muslims
Source says five people, including two minors, charged terror-related offenses, including manufacturing explosive devices, as part of alleged plot 'likely to target a place of worship'
French police discovered and apprehended members of a neo-Nazi cell accused of planning to attack Jewish or Muslim houses of worship, legal sources told AFP on Tuesday.

 

 

Five members of the group, who were "close in ideology to the neo-Nazi movement" were charged between September and May over the alleged plot, a source close to the investigation said.

 

French police in Strasbourg after a terror attack in December 2018 (Photo: Archive/Reuters) (Photo: Reuters)
French police in Strasbourg after a terror attack in December 2018 (Photo: Archive/Reuters)
 

"The investigation suggested they were developing an ill-defined plot to carry out an attack, likely to target a place of worship," the judicial source said, giving no details on motives or specific targets.

 

Police in the southeastern city of Grenoble first arrested a man on weapons charges in September 2018. The investigation led them to the four other suspects, two of them minors.

 

Anti-terrorism officers continued the investigation in January, charging the suspects with terror-related offenses, including manufacturing and transporting explosive devices and participating in a terrorist conspiracy.

 

While France has repeatedly been targeted by jihadists since 2015, a handful of alleged plots involving far-right extremists have made headlines in recent months.

 

In November, six people were arrested over an alleged plot to attack President Emmanuel Macron.


French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May at a Holocaust memorial in Paris (Photo: Reuters)
French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May at a Holocaust memorial in Paris (Photo: Reuters)

 

In July 2017, a 23-year-old was charged with plotting to assassinate the president at France’s Bastille Day military parade.

 

The man told investigators he wanted to kill Macron along with “Muslims, Jews, blacks and homosexuals,” and three kitchen knives were found in his car.

 

In June 2018, 13 people with links to the radical Action des Forces Operationnelles (Operational Forces Action) group were arrested by anti-terrorist police over an alleged plot to attack Muslims.

 


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