French soldier arrested for planning mosque attack

By REUTERS
August 11, 2013 22:00

 
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PARIS - A 23-year-old French soldier was arrested at his air force base near the city of Lyon for planning an attack on a local mosque, the French interior ministry said on Sunday.

The soldier held views "close to those of the radical extreme right" and had already attacked a mosque in the Bordeaux region last year without causing much damage, the ministry said, without giving further details.

Security services are grappling with an increase in far-right militant activity in France, home to Europe's largest Muslim minority. The government closed down half a dozen far-right militant groups in July after the death of a left-wing student in a brawl between fringe groups.

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