The founder of a French far-right group was sentenced on Tuesday by a court in Paris to nine years in prison for plotting attacks on mosques and politicians. Report that French media. Targets of 25-year-old Logan Nisin included then-government spokesman Christophe Castaner and Jean-Luc Mélenchon, candidate in the French presidential elections in 2017. Justice had demanded a 10-year prison sentence.
Nisin founded the far-right movement Organization des Armées Sociales (OAS) in 2016, in his own words with the aim of “recreating” the Organization Armée Secrète (also abbreviated OAS) active in the 1960s. Members of that French paramilitary group were at the time strongly opposed to Algerian independence from France (1962) and carried out several murders and bombings in both Algeria and France.
Nisin’s “new OAS” wanted to copy the group’s modus operandi from the 1960s, the court said. According to justice, Nisin’s organization, which was dismantled in 2017, was intended to prepare members “physically, mentally and materially for an impending race war”. In addition to Nisin, five other suspects were also on trial in this case, all of whom, according to the court, “embodied” the OAS. They have also been found guilty of plotting attacks. All five were jailed for eight years.
During the trial, Justice pointed to the “exceptional increase” of far-right ideology in France. Since 2017, 48 people with far-right ideologies have been charged with plotting attacks. At the same time, Nisin and his co-defendants are the first to be convicted of far-right terror plans since then.