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Battle-hardened in Syria: Ultra-left cell worries French authorities

There are a dozen ultra-left militants with battle experience from Syria, France's national coordinator of intelligence and the fight against terrorism, Laurent Nuñez, warned. He explained that “the ultra-left was gaining strength” in France.

Published: January 16, 2021, 8:38 am

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    All eyes are on the Islamist threat in France, but another issue worries the authorities: that of the ultra-left. This is what Laurent Nuñez’s revealed in the columns of French daily Le Figaro on Wednesday January 13.

    The former Secretary of State to the Minister of the Interior began the interview by referring to the arrests of ultra-left activists, explaining that “an individual had stayed for several months in Rojava,” in Syrian Kurdistan. And he added: “There are a total of ten ultra-left activists who went to fight there, and, for some, they came back battle-hardened.” The former employee of the Place Beauvau said the cell arrested in France, adopted confidential communication codes and met in rural areas to train in remote areas.

    “Since March 2020, there have been 170 sabotage actions,” explained Laurent Nuñez, detailing operations “against telephone towers (around 60 percent of these targets), property belonging to large companies (transport, energy, communication), local communities, a sub-prefecture, three gendarmeries, vehicles from the prison or police administration.

    The former member of the government specified that “these 170 actions, of which some have been claimed by the ultra-left movement,” are directly linked to a “call to direct action”. This particular call, “launched in March 2020, aims to degrade assets representing“ big capital “or the State”.

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