Two ultra-right activists calling for “violent actions” arrested

The two men were spotted, according to judicial and police sources, by exchanges on the encrypted Telegram messaging. Their custody can last 96 hours maximum taking into account the suspicions which weigh on them.






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Two activists from the ultra-right movement who called for “violent actions” were arrested Tuesday, one in Montauban (Tarn-et-Garonne) and the other in Gironde, then placed in police custody by the general management of internal security (DGSI). The two men were spotted, according to judicial and police sources, by exchanges on the encrypted Telegram messaging. Their custody can last 96 hours maximum taking into account the suspicions which weigh on them. They were to be transferred to the headquarters of the DGSI in Paris on Wednesday.

Their arrest came as part of a preliminary investigation by the National Anti-Terrorism Prosecutor’s Office opened for “association of terrorist criminals and direct provocation by an online means of communication to an act of terrorism,” a judicial source told AFP. During the searches carried out, “several dozen weapons of all kinds (long and short weapons, ammunition etc.), as well as material used in the composition of explosives” were discovered, according to a police source.

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“Accelerationist” trend

The man arrested in Montauban is a municipal employee of this city aged 46, according to the judicial source, confirming information from La Dépêche du Midi. The mayor of Montauban, Axel de Labriolle, said in a press release his “confidence in the police and justice to shed light on this issue”. The other man, aged 60, was arrested, also Tuesday in a hamlet of Saint-Denis-de-Pile, a town of 5,700 inhabitants, in the heart of Libournais. The mayor, Fabienne Fonteneau, explained to AFP, that although originally from the town, he was “not particularly well known” there, having returned to live there “about ten years ago”.

“However, he had been talked about a long time ago, because he had been convicted of a homicide on the person of his brother-in-law,” continued the elected. According to sources familiar with the matter, he was released from prison ten years ago. Ms. Fontenau described him as “a discreet man, without history with his neighbors”, who “did not participate in community life, nor in local life”. Separated, he lived alone and has adult children.

The two militants exchanged regularly to carry out “purchases of weapons”, specified the police source. They both belong to a so-called “accelerationist” trend, which aims to provoke or encourage clashes between communities, according to a police source. They are also followers of survivalism. The two men have, according to a source familiar with the matter, no link with Remy Daillet, a conspiratorial figure imprisoned in the case of the kidnapping last spring of little Mia. He was indicted on October 22 for planned attacks. Since 2017, several plans for violent action by the ultra-right, targeting politicians in particular, have been foiled.

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