Action Directe sympathisers resurface in Berlin

21st February 2006, Comments 0 comments

BERLIN, Feb 20, 2006 (AFP) - A German group close to France's Action Directe urban guerrillas claimed responsibility for recent attacks on French targets in Berlin in solidarity with AD prisoners, in a letter to AFP Monday.

BERLIN, Feb 20, 2006 (AFP) - A German group close to France's Action Directe urban guerrillas claimed responsibility for recent attacks on French targets in Berlin in solidarity with AD prisoners, in a letter to AFP Monday.

The German group, calling itself "militant group", said it was responsible for fires at a subsidiary of French car maker Renault and for writing graffiti on a private French cultural centre overnight on February 16 to 17.

"Renault is an inescapable element in France's industrial military structure," the group wrote, adding that the defaced cultural centre represented the French state as a "cultural and political" institution.

A Renault worker told AFP that two vans had been set alight, without causing any injuries.

The German group said the action was carried out in "anti-imperialist and communist" solidarity for the liberation of AD prisoners.

The former leaders of Action Directe, behind a series of high-profile assassinations and terror attacks in France in the 1980s, were arrested in 1987.

Nathalie Menigon, Jean-Marc Rouillan, Joëlle Aubron and Georges Cipriani were handed life sentences in 1989 for the murder of the former head of the French car giant Renault, and in 1994 for five other terrorist attacks in the 1980s.

Aubron was freed from jail in June 2004 for health reasons.

Action Directe was an extreme-left militant group that attacked symbols of the French state in a similar way to the notorious Baader Meinhof gang in Germany, with which it had links.

Before it was finally crushed in 1989 after the arrest of its top leaders, it was thought to have been behind as many as 80 attacks, many of them murders.

The Berlin prosecutor's office has opened an inquiry into last week's attacks.

Copyright AFP

Subject: French news

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