France’s extreme right 'no threat' to state

24th January 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Jan 22 (AFP) - Right wing extremists are still alive and well in France but they pose less and less of a threat to the country, a report drawn up by French secret services has revealed.

PARIS, Jan 22 (AFP) - Right wing extremists are still alive and well in France but they pose less and less of a threat to the country, a report drawn up by French secret services has revealed.

The report, parts of which were quoted in the newspaper Le Monde Saturday, said that between 2,500 and 3,500 militants were active in extremist cells in France and that their common enemy was the Arab population living there.

The cells are divided into five main categories: skinheads, radical political groups, ultra-nationalists, neo-Nazis and hooligans, Le Monde said.

The paper said the French interior ministry had highlighted "the quite perceptible decay of the structures within the overall movement, which does not represent a serious threat to the state at this point."

The report identified the spread if Islam and the presence of Arabs on French soil as a common rallying call. Anti-Semitism, however appeared to be declining sharply within extreme-right groups, it said.

The majority of militants were concentrated in the Paris region, in the eastern region of Alsace and in the Provence in the southeast, according to the report.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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