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French airforce sergeant who planned to shoot Muslims has case dismissed

26 March 2014 General 4 Comments Email This Post Email This Post

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The Collectif contre l’Islamophobie en France draws our attention to reports that Christophe Lavigne, a sergeant in the French airforce with far-right links, will not now be prosecuted.

Lavigne was arrested last August and charged with planning an armed attack on worshippers at the Al Forqane mosque in the Lyon suburb of Vénissieux to coincide with the end of Ramadan.

Judges had already dismissed the charge against Lavigne of possessing ammunition in connection with a terrorist enterprise, on the grounds that the bullets were of a grade permitted for collectors of historical weapons and so were not illegal. This ruling has now been confirmed by the court of appeal in Paris.

Lavigne will stand trial in June on a charge of desecration of a place of worship in connection with a terrorist enterprise, having reportedly confessed to an earlier firebomb attack on a mosque in Libourne.

The CCIF comments: “There is no doubt that he represents a real terrorist threat, as he has already shown in practice by throwing a Molotov cocktail at the mosque in Libourne in August 2012. So how could this armed, dangerous and recidivist Islamophobe have been able to escape conviction and not be expelled from the French armed forces either?”

(Photo of demonstration outside Al Forqane mosque in August 2013 following Lavigne’s arrest: Abdel Malik)

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  1. He’ll probably get promoted then run for political office. Uniforms and positions of power have a tendency t’ attract some really nasty people.

  2. France, Great Britain, and other democratic nations believe in democracy, but what look what they did here. Hypocrites.

  3. You mean th same french who muredered MILLIONS of North Africans to hold onto their wealth their?

    But oh Paris is the fort of European democracy.

    These people, the slave owners in the South and Midwest, those lynching blacks 60 years ago. Guess what?

    They had kids

  4. You are thinking a lot of “60 years ago”. But it is now, and who is killing people at the moment? That’s what we should be concerned about! The world has changed over the last 60 years and some people have learned from history and some did not. Still, attacking people for being different is a convenient way of having a discussion here. But a more powerful strategy would be to suggest ways of making it better. And aggression and spitting out clichés will only provoke more hostility!

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