De Villepin vows to disband neo-Nazi groups

1st February 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Feb 1 (AFP) - French Interior Minister Dominique de Villepin on Tuesday told lawmakers he would ask the centre-right government to back a proposal to disband all neo-Nazi groups.

PARIS, Feb 1 (AFP) - French Interior Minister Dominique de Villepin on Tuesday told lawmakers he would ask the centre-right government to back a proposal to disband all neo-Nazi groups.

"These movements must be dissolved, and I will propose this to the cabinet" in accordance with a January 1936 law that authorizes the disbanding of associations seen as a threat to public order and democracy, De Villepin said.

The interior minister estimated that some 3,000 people belong to neo-Nazi groups across France.

"We will keep close watch to make sure that these groups do not form again under false names," De Villepin pledged, calling the movements "a threat and a danger, especially when we know their activities are more and more violent".

The minister said neo-Nazi groups were responsible for 65 acts of violence in 2004, as compared with just 27 such acts in 2003.

De Villepin, the government's point man on law and order, said he would crack down on the spread of neo-Nazi ideas via the Internet, and ask mayors and regional officials to help prevent public meetings of neo-Nazi groups.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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