France: Police bust neo-Nazi cell plotting attacks on synagogues and mosques

France: Police bust neo-Nazi cell plotting attacks on synagogues and mosques

BREAKING: French police busted a five-member neo-Nazi cell plotting attacks on Jewish or Muslim places of worship, judicial sources said Tuesday.

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

“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.

The sources gave no details of specific targets or ‘motives’.

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

Anti-terrorism investigators took over the investigation in January and charged the neo-Nazis with terror offenses, including making and transporting explosive devices and being part of a terrorist conspiracy.

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