Death threat, bullet mailed to French president

Letters feature disjointed messages addressed to "purveyors of freedom-killing and fascist laws."

By
March 3, 2009 21:51
1 minute read.
Death threat, bullet mailed to French president

sarkozy stands 248.88. (photo credit: AP)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and three top government ministers have been sent anonymous death threats in letters stuffed with bullets, a judicial official said Tuesday. Counter-terrorism agents are investigating the mailings to Sarkozy, Justice Minister Rachida Dati, Interior Minister Michele Alliot-Marie and Culture Minister Christine Albanel - the latest members of the governing conservative party to be targeted by such a letter campaign, the officials said. The two-page, typed form letters feature disjointed messages addressed to "purveyors of freedom-killing and fascist laws," the judicial official said. She spoke on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to speak publicly about the matter. The Associated Press saw a copy of the letter, which speaks of a mysterious "Cell 34" and evokes 1,000 combatants before concluding, "This letter is the last. There will be a black out. Total silence." The official said the letters contained 9 mm or .38-caliber bullets. A total of 10 politicians were named in the letter - and seven of them have already received one, the official said. Neither the author of the letter nor a possible motive is known, she said. It was not clear where the letters were mailed from. The letter to Sarkozy's office was received Feb. 26, according to prosecutors. The presidential Elysee Palace said earlier Tuesday it had not received such a letter. Bordeaux City Hall reported that Mayor Alain Juppe - a former conservative prime minister - had also been mailed such a letter and bullet. Two senators from Sarkozy's party received similar threats last week. "I'm staying completely calm," Juppe told reporters Tuesday in the southwestern French city. "It's the job of police services to analyze things, and take the proper measures. I have no intention of changing my agenda."

Related Content

German neo- Nazi during demonstration in Dortmund
August 16, 2018
Neo-Nazi yelled at by his dad during interview

By AMY SPIRO