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Thirteen ultra-right activists of the “Recolonization” movement arrested across France – RT in French

On 23 November, 13 activists from the ultra-right “Recolonization” movement were arrested by the gendarmes of the Central Office for the fight against crimes against humanity. The group has been monitored by the DGSI since 2020.

Gendarmes from the Central Office for the Fight against Crimes Against Humanity arrested 13 activists from the ultra-right “Recolonization” movement on 23 November, AFP reports, thus confirming information revealed earlier by BFMTV. According to a source familiar with the matter, weapons have been discovered “everywhere”, most of which are believed to be legally detained.

In a press release, the Marseille prosecutor’s office (Bouches-du-Rhône) specifies that the people arrested are aged “from 21 to 52 years old, of various profiles” and were arrested throughout the territory. “The members of this group, including the founding member living in Marseille, are suspected of having access to weapons and of presenting a threat to public order by their participation or their plan to participate in violent actions”, added the same source.

Monitored by the General Directorate of Internal Security (DGSI) since the summer of 2020, the “Recolonization” group consists of 110 members spread across the whole of France. Calling for the constitution of armed groups, its members exchange and meet “around an identity, racist and violent ideology, in particular conveyed through social networks”, specifies the Marseille prosecutor’s office.

Four factions were formed in Ile-de-France, Burgundy, Occitanie and Provence underlines for its part BFMTV which adds that several soldiers, “including a colonel of gendarmerie stationed in Yvelines” would belong to this group.

This operation comes a little over a month after the indictment of three members of the “ultra-right survivalist” movement, including a woman for illegal possession of an arsenal discovered at their homes in the Saint-Laurent region. Etienne (Loire). A 32-year-old man, who operates a military surplus business and described as the leader of the group, had been remanded in custody, the Saint-Etienne prosecutor’s office said in a statement. He is criticized in particular for having played a central role in the acquisition of weapons.

The other two, a 22-year-old man and a 41-year-old woman, were placed under judicial supervision.

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