Prosecutor Edwige Roux-Morizot announced on Friday that four neo-Nazi men from the Alsace region of France had been charged with possessing and trafficking an “incredible” number of firearms intended for use against Jews.
The men, aged 45 to 53, were members of far-right neo-Nazi organizations and had planned to “drive out the Jews” during a football match in Strasbourg, according to Roux-Morizot.
During the arrest, she added, French police recovered 18 legal weapons and 23 illicit weapons, along with 120,000 bullets and neo-Nazi literature.
In response to an upsurge in anti-Semitic events in recent years, France has stepped up its monitoring of far-right extremists, with President Emmanuel Macron visiting a destroyed Jewish cemetery in Alsace in December 2019.
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Investigators have yet to establish whether the guys were plotting an assault, but anti-Semitic and Holocaust-denying publications have been uncovered and computer equipment is being examined, according to Roux-Morizot.
They also discovered bullet-making equipment as well as more than 25,000 euros ($26,800) in cash.
The suspects are charged with arms trafficking and face up to ten years in prison if convicted.
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