Nine held over attacks on Muslim prefect

9th March 2004, Comments 0 comments

NANTES, France, March 9 (AFP) - Nine people with suspected links to Breton nationalism and the far-right were held for questioning Tuesday by police investigating a series of small bomb attacks targetting the country's only Muslim "prefect," officials said.

NANTES, France, March 9 (AFP) - Nine people with suspected links to Breton nationalism and the far-right were held for questioning Tuesday by police investigating a series of small bomb attacks targetting the country's only Muslim "prefect," officials said.

Six people taken into custody in the Brittany cities of Nantes and Rennes belong to a tiny far-right Breton nationalist group called Adsav, and three detained in Paris are from a far-right movement called French Reaction, police said.

On January 18 an explosive device in Nantes destroyed the car of Aissa Dermouche, an Algerian-born business school head who had just been named one of France's first ever Muslim prefects - or governors - in the eastern department of Jura.

Two subsequent devices went off at the Audiencia business school which he ran and at a high school attended by his son. Neither caused serious damage.

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