The rise of a new terrorist threat in France: the ultra-right

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A report by prosecutors in Paris warns about the return of a terrorist threat from the ultra-right, Mediapart can reveal. Based on an analysis of seven separate investigations into allegations of terrorist conspiracies, the report details the groups' professionalism, their ability to arm themselves and the varied profiles of the activists, some of whom are highly-integrated members of society. Matthieu Suc and Marine Turchi report.


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It has been lurking insidiously in the background for some time now. In 2017 there were plans to kill the presidential candidate for the radical-left La France Insoumise, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, and the mayor of Forcalquier in south-east France, the future interior minister Christophe Castener. In 2018 there was a plan to poison halal food, and another to attack the French president himself, Emmanuel Macron. In 2019 Muslim and Jewish places of worship were set to be attacked. And in 2020 the Jewish community was once again a target. On each occasion the plans were foiled before they could be carried out.