They had called for a plan of attack on President Macron, against the background of his memorial voyage of November 11, November: four sympathizers from the far-right arrested Tuesday in the Moselle will be presented Saturday to an anti-terrorist judge for their indictment.
Emmanuel Macron ends this weekend in Paris a week of memories on the high places of the First World War in France. Under high security, the Centennial ceremonies are held at the end of a conflict in the presence of about 70 heads of state and government leaders.
Heard in custody since Tuesday, the four sympathizers of the ultradroite, aged 22 to 62 years, will be presented to a judge in connection with the opening by the public prosecutor of a judicial investigation by the public prosecutor, for "association criminal terrorist criminals "and violations of law relating to weapons relating to a terrorist enterprise.
The prosecutor asked for their detention in pre-trial detention.
They belong to the six suspects who were targeted on Tuesday by an anti-terrorism cordon from the Directorate General of Internal Security (DGSI), the third in eighteen months before the movement of the extreme right. During the operation, the researchers had firearms in their hands.
Two of the suspects, a man arrested in Ille-et-Vilaine and a 61-year-old woman arrested in a small village in the Isere, saw their custody lift on Thursday and Friday.
All are described as "proponents of the ultra-friendly", "survival actor" and followed by intelligence services, according to a source close to the facts.
In telephone exchanges, members of this small group had, according to this source, mentioned projects, including those of attacking the president. A project of "violent action", "inaccurate and poorly defined at this stage", said Tuesday a source close to the investigation.
"The project of attack does not seem successful," she explained, "but we still find the background of the 11 November commemoration."
The threats were considered serious enough to trigger the opening on 31 October of a preliminary investigation by the prosecution that led to the operation of Tuesday.
– A suspicious move –
The researchers decided to intervene when they heard that one of the suspects, Jean-Pierre B., living in Isère (south-east), had moved "in the east" of France, while Emmanuel Macron was there for the commemorations, according to the source close to the file. Jean-Pierre B. was arrested in the Moselle and was in particular in possession of a dagger.
Media portrays him as the alleged leader of the group. At the age of 62 this former wooden trader is described as close to identity groups called "FFU" (French forces united) and "Les Barjols". He himself animated the Facebook page of "Barjols" for the Isère department, according to Franceinfo and Le Parisien.
Since 2017, anti-terrorism services have already organized at least two additional anti-terrorist mines against ultra-poor groups.
In October 2017, they dismantled a small group, the "OAS" led by a young resident of Vitrolles (Bouches-du-Rhone) and former activist of the royalist organization French Action, Logan Nisin. The group had a time to attack the leader of insubordinate France Jean-Luc Mélenchon and the former mayor of Forcalquier (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence) became Minister Christophe Castaner.
More recently, another group, Action des forces operational (AFO), was targeted last June by a DGSI operation. This group, which shows its ambition to fight "against the Islamic danger", had called for plans to attack Islamists from prison or radical mosques.
For the intelligence services, the French ultra-French are carried by small groups of competitors, ordered by a malevolent anti-Maghreb racism, but they act in a scattered order and have "limited" operational capacities, according to a note from the DGSI.