Nant-le-Petit (France) (AFP) – A suspected far-right French extremist who was allegedly planning to attack the Euro 2016 football championships never aroused suspicion amongst his neighbours, with his employer describing him as an “exemplary” worker.
Ukraine said Monday that it arrested the 25-year-old last month in possession of a huge arsenal of weapons.
According to Ukraine’s SBU security service, he was intending to attack a mosque, a synagogue, tax offices, transport checkpoints and several other locations.
But neighbours and acquaintances in northeastern France expressed surprise at the arrest of a man they described as “reserved” and “hardworking”, who had never publicised any extremist views or activities.
The man, yet to be formally identified by French authorities, hails from the northeastern region of Meuse near the Belgian border.
He works for an agricultural cooperative, Elitest, in the small town of Brumath in the Bas-Rhin region of northeastern France.
The man’s employer told AFP on Monday he was an “exemplary employee”…
A police source indicated that a t-shirt bearing the motif of an extreme rightwing group had been seized during a search in the tiny village of Nant-le-Petit, where the man regularly stayed with his grandfather.
But the village mayor Dominique Pensalfini-Demorise said locals were “astounded” at the news.
“This doesn’t fit with the person we knew,” she said.