A trial demanded for a far-right terrorist organization
Their small group was suspected of having wanted to attack Christophe Castaner, Jean-Luc Mélenchon or Muslims: the national anti-terrorism prosecution (Pnat) finally requested a criminal trial for nine members of the far-right group nicknamed “OAS” “.
→ READ. Far-right terrorism, in France too
In its final indictment made Thursday, April 8, the Pnat demanded that the suspects be tried for “Terrorist criminal association”, six before the criminal court and the other three, minors at the time of the facts, before the children’s court, according to a judicial source. The final decision now rests with the investigating judges within a month, the self-proclaimed leader of the group, Logan Nisin, being in pre-trial detention. “I was only expecting this”, rejoiced Eric Bourlion, lawyer Logan Nisin, who has been in prison for four years awaiting trial. “In the end, he is accused of a crime, it is a legal soufflé served too cold”, he blasted.
Attack against Christophe Castaner or kebabs in Marseille
The OAS group was suspected of having wanted to attack Christophe Castaner, president of the LREM group in the National Assembly and former Minister of the Interior, as well as the leader of La France insoumise, Jean-Luc Mélenchon . Attacks against kebabs in Marseille or the “Site of the great mosque of Vitrolles” had also been mentioned. In front of the investigators, Logan Nisin had minimized the scope of these threats, affirming that the group had abandoned these projects for lack of ” the capacities “ to implement them.
The small group had been dismantled in October 2017. Logan Nisin, then aged 21, had been arrested a few months earlier, on June 28, 2017. Originally from Vitrolles (Bouches-du-Rhône) and a militant time in 2016 of the organization royalist Action Française, he admitted to investigators having founded a small group under the name of OAS, the same acronym as the Secret Army Organization, responsible for a bloody campaign against the independence of Algeria in the 1960s. The group aspired to“Start a re-migration based on terror”.
With the “OAS” and a Facebook page to the glory of the Norwegian far-right terrorist Anders Breivik (who killed 77 people in July 2011) of which he was the administrator, he wanted to make the “Buzz” in nationalist circles and obtain “Likes”, he had advanced. Logan Nisin had also participated in the 2017 presidential and legislative campaigns of the National Front in his region. The party assured that it had never been a member, however, and condemned its activities.
Four other counterterrorism investigations carried out against the far right
At least four other counterterrorism investigations linked to plans for violent far-right action have been underway since 2017. A year after Logan Nisin’s arrest, another small group suspected of wanting to strike Muslim targets had been dismantled. In the fall of 2020, fifteen members or relatives of this group called Action of the operational forces (AFO) were indicted in the investigation, which is continuing. Since then, a small group, from a Facebook group called “Les Barjols”, accused of wanting to attack the life of President Macron, was arrested in 2018.
→ MAINTENANCE. “The members of the ultra-right are not more numerous than before, they make more noise”
Two other anti-terrorism investigations linked to the far right concern, one on a group close to neo-Nazi ideology suspected of targeting Jewish and Muslim places of worship, the other on a supremacist admirer of the author of the attack in 2019 against mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. In 2016 Patrick Calvar, then head of internal intelligence, warned against a possible “Confrontation between the ultra-right and the Muslim world”.