Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

DEBATE

Too Late for Sanctions? Pressure Mounts on Russia over Ukraine (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Too Late for Sanctions? Pressure Mounts on Russia over Ukraine

Read more

FOCUS

As France’s Carrefour pulls out, what next for India’s retail market?

Read more

#TECH 24

Internet of Things

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - July 25th, 2014 (part 2)

Read more

REPORTERS

Halal tourism on the rise

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - July 25th, 2014

Read more

#THE 51%

Sweden: A Feminist's Paradise?

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Search of Air Algerie crash site continues

Read more

  • Israel warns of ‘prolonged’ campaign in Gaza

    Read more

  • France offers asylum to Iraqi Christians

    Read more

  • In pictures: From Gaza to Mosul, bittersweet end of Ramadan for Muslims

    Read more

  • French mayor files complaint against US father who risked kids’ lives on Mont Blanc

    Read more

  • Moroccan police arrest French al-Qaeda recruiter

    Read more

  • French footballer Griezmann headed to Atletico Madrid

    Read more

  • Russia ordered to pay Yukos shareholders over $50bn in damages

    Read more

  • Video: Slaviansk mourns mass grave victims

    Read more

  • Luc Besson’s sci-fi thriller ‘Lucy’ tops US box office

    Read more

  • France honours those lost on Air Algérie Flight AH5017

    Read more

  • Video: Ethiopia turns to wine to boost image, economy

    Read more

  • Thousands gather in Marseille in support of Israel

    Read more

  • As France’s Carrefour pulls out, what next for India’s retail market?

    Read more

  • Liberia tightens border controls to curb Ebola outbreak

    Read more

  • The centenary of Austria-Hungary’s calamitous last hurrah

    Read more

  • UN Security Council calls for immediate Gaza ceasefire

    Read more

  • Nibali joins elite group with Tour de France win

    Read more

  • France calls on its nationals to leave Libya as violence escalates

    Read more

  • Boko Haram kidnap Cameroon minister's wife in deadly attack

    Read more

Europe

Norwegian neo-Nazi arrested in France over 'terror plot'

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-07-16

A Norwegian neo-Nazi and Anders Breivik sympathiser was arrested in France on Tuesday over fears he may have been preparing a "major terrorist act", the interior ministry said. Kristian Vikernes (pictured) was taken into custody with his French wife.

A neo-Nazi linked to Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik was arrested in southwestern France on Tuesday after investigators decided he might stage a large “terrorist act” almost two years to the day that Breivik killed 77 people in Oslo.

Kristian Vikernes, who is a well-known black metal musician in Norway, where he goes by the name of “Varg”, received a copy of a manifesto from Breivik before the far-right militant staged a brutal massacre on July 22, 2011.

According to French Interior Minister Manuel Valls, 40-year-old Vikernes could have been preparing a "major terrorist act”.

“Having received the manifesto before [Breivik] committed his crimes and having been sentenced in Norway in the past for murder, this individual, who was close to a neo-Nazi movement, was likely to prepare a large terrorist act,” Valls said in a statement.

Vikernes, who was convicted in 1994 of stabbing a rival musician to death in Oslo and sentenced to 21 years in prison, had been under surveillance for several years, Valls said. He was arrested with his French wife Marie Cachet after she recently bought four rifles.

Cachet, 25, had a legal firearms permit when she bought the four rifles, the official said.

“The investigation will notably establish the conditions in which these [rifles] were acquired and their real objective,” Valls said.

Officers were searching his home in Corrèze for weapons and explosives, a police source told Reuters.

Breivik ‘a Christian loser’

Anders Breivik was imprisoned for a maximum term of 21 years in 2012 for killing 77 people in a bombing in central Oslo and a shooting spree on a nearby island. His 1,500-page manifesto outlined his planned crusade against Muslims, who he said were taking over Europe and could only be defeated through a violent civil war.

On his website, Vikernes discusses Breivik’s manifesto, but in a post called “War in Europe: Part V – Breivik Unveiled” he also criticises the murderer for killing more innocent Norwegians than Muslims.

Vikernes describes himself as a “pagan” and accuses Breivik of being a Zionist agent and “Christian loser”.

“If you, dear European nationalists, really want to save Europe (as a biological term) you have to realise that the only thing to do is to cast aside all Christian other international nonsense and embrace only the European (i.e. Pagan) values and ideals and if you like the European deities as well,” said the posting, dated December 13, 2012.

“If you work for Christianity in any way you work for the Jews. Plain and simple.”

Along with his murder conviction, Vikernes was found guilty of burning down several churches in Norway.

He moved to France with his wife and three children in 2009 after he was released from jail.

The mayor of Salon-la-Tour, where Vikernes and his wife lived, said he had been surprised by the arrest.

“I didn’t notice anything strange [about Vikernes] other than that he liked to wear military costumes and liked Gothic music,” Jean-Claude Chauffour told French TV station BFM TV.

(FRANCE 24 with wires)

Date created : 2013-07-16

  • FRANCE

    French writer blasted for 'eulogy' to mass killer Breivik

    Read more

  • NORWAY

    Jailed Breivik apologises for not killing more

    Read more

  • NORWAY

    Norway killer Breivik handed 21-year sentence

    Read more

COMMENT(S)