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France arrests 11 in crackdown on neo-Nazi 'combatant group'

Published 01/04/2016

Bernard Cazeneuve announced the arrests
Bernard Cazeneuve announced the arrests

Eleven suspected members of a neo-Nazi group have been arrested, France's interior minister said.

The members of the group, who allegedly were spreading racist messages, were arrested on Wednesday in an investigation of "criminal association" and "participation to a combatant group", Bernard Cazeneuve said on Friday in a written statement.

Mr Cazeneuve says 11 rifles, two guns, 28 knives, some bullet-proof vests and helmets and several Nazi flags were among the items seized during police raids in eight regions of France.

The statement said the three "most active members" of the group were brought before a judge on Friday to be charged.

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