French soldier arrested for planning mosque plot

12 August 2013 11:00
QHA - A 23-year-old French soldier was arrested at his air force base near city of Lyon for planning attack on local mosque, interior ministry says, Al-Jazeera informs. The soldier held views "close to those of the radical extreme right" and had already attacked a mosque in the Bordeaux region last year without causing much damage, the ministry said on Sunday, without giving further details. Security services are grappling with an increase in far-right activity in France, home to Europe's largest Muslim minority. The government closed down half a dozen far-right groups in July after the death of a left-wing student in a brawl between fringe groups.