Revealed: story behind arrests of far-right activists in France

By , and Jacques Massey

Ten men, including a former gendarme, have been arrested across France for their suspected role in a plot to attack Muslims. Mediapart can reveal that one of the suspects had been setting up his own laboratory to make explosives. Matthieu Suc, Marine Turchi and Jacques Massey report on the story behind the dramatic arrests and the murky world of the far-right in France.

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A total of ten men, including an ex-senior civil servant and a former gendarme, were arrested across France early on the morning of Sunday June 24th. Some were arrested in the Paris region, others in the Gironde, Vienne and Charente départements (or counties) in south-west France and some on the island of Corsica. They are all from an far-right group called Action des Forces Opérationnelles (AFO) which was preparing attacks on Muslims in revenge for attacks by jihadists in France in recent years.