French far-right conspiracy theorist in custody over planned attacks

Remy Daillet, a French far-right conspiracy theorist, is being held in custody for planning violence and attacks against the state, a source close to the case told AFP on Thursday.

Remy Daillet-Wiedemann during a
Remy Daillet-Wiedemann during a "Greve du Froid" in 2009 to protest against a factory closure. Photo: REMY GABALDA / AFP.

Daillet, 54, and his secretary – identified as 67-year-old Ginette M. – were placed in custody on Tuesday “for planning attacks against the state and other violent action,” including an attack on a Masonic lodge in eastern France, the source said.

Daillet is also alleged to having helped organise the abduction of an eight-year-old girl in eastern France in April at her mother’s request.

He was arrested in June over the kidnapping as he returned to France on a flight from Singapore.

Mia Montemaggi was found safe with her mother in a squat in a disused factory in Switzerland, five days after she was taken from her grandmother’s home in the eastern Vosges region by three men posing as child protection officers.

An anti-terrorist judge had ordered the arrests of Daillet and others as part of an investigation into a shadowy group known as “Honneur et nation” (Honour and nation).

The 12 suspects are accused of plotting a series of attacks, including against vaccination centres, a masonic lodge, prominent people and journalists, according to sources close to the case.

The team had “a multitude of violent actions planned, targeting institutional sites, vaccination centres, 5G antennas…,” one source familiar with the case had said earlier.

Another source had said the suspects had “the idea of a coup d’etat, of an overthrow of the French government”.

Daillet has called for a ban on face masks which he claimed were “scientifically useless” in videos and for 5G networks to be destroyed.

Daillet’s lawyer, Jean-Christophe Basson-Larbi, said on Thursday his client had “no links either with the ‘Honneur et nation’ grouping nor with the planned attacks” or “acts of neo-Nazi terrorism”.

“No objective element points to his involvement,” he said, adding that Daillet was a “political prisoner”.

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France charges teen over ‘imminent terror attack’ plot

French authorities have charged an 18-year-old man on suspicion of planning an imminent terror attack with a knife in the name of Islamic State (IS) jihadists, a judicial source said on Wednesday.

France charges teen over 'imminent terror attack' plot

Initial investigations indicated that he planned to carry out a terror attack “in the name of IS, to which he had pledged allegiance,” said the source, who asked not to be named, adding that the man had been detained in the Drome region of southeast France and charged in Paris.

The source added that the man had been detained in the Drome region of southeast France and charged in Paris.

The man, from a Muslim family, had adopted extremist views and was considered a threat, sparking France’s anti-terror prosecutors office (PNAT) to open an investigation on May 19, a source close to the case said.

Police arrested him on Friday and a video of him swearing allegiance to IS was found in his possession.

The source did not say whom he was planning to target in the attack or in which location.

France saw a wave of jihadist attacks from 2015 that left hundreds dead and pushed the country to its highest level of security alert.

There has been no repeat of a mass atrocity in the last years, but there have been several deadly attacks carried out by lone individuals

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