French far-right terror suspect arrested in Ukraine over Euro 2016 plot

1st Jul 2016

Ali Mitib

A Frenchman was arrested on the Ukraine-Poland border last month after plotting to carry out attacks on during the European Championships.

Gregoire Moutaux, 25, who originates from Lorraine, North-Eastern France, was arrested by the Ukrainian Security Services (SBU). He was found to be in possession of 5 Kalashnikov assault rifles, two anti-tank grenade launchers, 5,000 rounds of ammunition, 125kg of TNT explosives and 20 balaclavas.

According to SBU Chief, Vasyl Grytsak, the Frenchman, who is said to be an Islamophobe and Anti-Semite, planned 15 terror attacks during the European Championships with targets ranging from mosques, synagogues, tax collection organisations and police patrol units amongst other targets.

Grystak also stated that, “The French man spoke negatively about his Government’s actions, mass immigration, the spread of Islam and globalisation, and also talked about plans to carry out several terrorist attacks.”

A raid was carried out in his French home found Neo-Nazi t-shirts, balaclavas and chemicals which are used to produce explosives.

It is suspected that Moutaux travelled to Ukraine as arms and explosives are readily available due to the Ukrainian Crisis.

The SBU have been following Mountaux since December while he was contacting illegal armed groups in Ukraine with the aim of buying weapons and explosives.

French Police are not disputing Mountaux meeting illegal armed groups but have stated their view that there is no evidence, which suggests that he was planning citizen. French police also suggested that he may have been involved in the arms smuggling trade.

France is currently under a state of emergency, which will remain until the end of Tour de France on July 24.

French President, François Hollande has stated that the French authorities are taking precautionary measures and that a 90,000 strong security force (which consists of police, soldiers, gendarmes and security guards) will scattered the ten host cities to ensure the safety of the events.

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