In one of the last 13 infiltration operations carried out by the fight against terrorism since 2018, the French security managed to dismantle a cell of the extremist French “operational forces movement”, which was planning to poison foodstuffs in halal food stores with the aim of killing Muslims.
And the French website Mediapart said in an investigation that the French External Security Department opened a preliminary investigation in mid-April, due to its feeling that “the passage to a violent act is no longer excluded,” by the AFO movement cell. ), especially after the Belgian secret security services confirmed that two members of them – Achilles and Tommy – bought pistols from a shop in Belgium.
On the evening in which 14 members of the movement were arrested – according to the website – Achilles and Jack were waiting for Tommy, who did not come, to test a homemade bomb to study its effect before throwing it at a car driven by some Muslims and fleeing the scene.
After the two members joined Tommy in a place he specified for them, they found him drunk, and they sat in a restaurant studying how to save the bomb, and wait for the right time to test a bomb they made of explosive materials, and suddenly the police raided the place and arrested them, and others were arrested in different places in France, to start the investigation .
Returning to the beginning of the operation, the site said that the fight against terrorism decided to resort to planting an agent within this organization, because the movement of its owners was very careful, and they used encrypted language during calls, especially since the Criminal Procedure Code allows planting an agent in a criminal organization to collect information. There is no way Others have access to it, provided that permission is obtained from the Public Prosecutor of the Republic or the investigating judge.
The implanted agent in such cases may use a false identity and commit predetermined crimes, but he has no right to encourage others to commit a crime, and others cannot be convicted on the basis of what the agent says unless he bases his statements on material elements that confirm them.
The National Anti-Terrorism Prosecution welcomed this operation, at a time when terrorist organizations and criminal groups were using electronic means of communication better for anonymity, and 13 infiltration operations were carried out in large-scale preliminary investigations against terrorism since 2018, according to the aforementioned prosecution. https://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.464.0_en.html#goog_1262067819
To carry out this process – according to the site – the Interdepartmental Technical Assistance Service, which is responsible for creating this type of agent in the case of “AFO”, chose to appoint one of its mature men, a well-built man in his fifties, to call from an address designated for this task on 27 May 2018, a website that claims to be preparing “French national soldiers to serve in the national territory” who wish to integrate with AFO.
Jack left a message saying, “On your site I see the values that represent me, I have not made a move in my life, I would like to know you more, you have my support, and if you find me useful I live in Paris. I hope you hear from me.” Indeed, one of the site’s administrators transferred his file to Smofini to study it as being interested in the movement, and also to verify its truth.
On June 16, 2018, the group’s transplant agent, Jacques, infiltrated the station of Sergi Letop, under the eyes of investigators from the Department of External Security, joined with Souigny and GB, and got into a Sauvigny car to leave for the French countryside. They left the highway to enter the private property of Sovigny, the former Thomson director of human resources.
The police, who have been following them since they left the station, noticed the arrival of Achilles, then Tommy, and another man they did not see after that. Upon entering the house, the AFO members were asked to turn off their phones and leave them at the entrance, then they went after drinking coffee in the kitchen upstairs to discuss things seriousness.
That afternoon, they were 11 if we count Jack, and on the agenda were projects to respond to the jihadist attacks, the first of which was the idea of attacking 200 imams in France, but the attendees excluded all of them because there were not enough men and weapons to implement them, and the second idea was the project of attacking jihadists at the time. They were released from prison, but their problem was that they did not know when or where that would be.
So “Operation Halal,” the poisoning of food on the shelves of 10 supermarkets in densely Muslim neighborhoods, was chosen, and Jack discovered that his new friends were planning to order anticoagulants online used to kill rats, to inject them into meat before the women of the group, wearing the niqab, even transported them. Do not know, to put on the shelves. https://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.464.0_en.html#goog_1155112342
Sovini later said in his confessions that they did not mention the term poisoning, and their intention was not to kill, but only to provoke nausea, and he also denied that he had mentioned a green light to carry out the operation by the National Council of the movement, as Jacques said.
It was agreed to carry out the operation after a vote approved by 7, including Agent Jack.
The fourth item on the agenda – according to the site – was related to weapons that the cell seemed to be sorely lacking, as it only had pistols purchased in Belgium, and an automatic pistol at Achilles that he showed at the meeting, and Sovini announced that he would leave within a week to Corsica, where from A friend would probably provide him with some weapons, and he also mentioned in the meeting that every member of the network should buy his own with his own money, because the coffers of the Ile de France cell were empty.
Investigators later learned that the network’s president, Cortez, went to request funding for their movement from Michel Tome, whom he met when he was assistant consul in Gabon, but Michel Tome politely refused to give money to those claiming to be “patriots”, saying he considered himself African.
At the meeting, Tommy brought a jar full of white powder, declaring it for making explosives, and placed on the table some of the tampons that Sovigne had purchased, and another member set up controls to detonate the grenades from a distance of 200 metres.
After the meeting, which lasted about 5 hours, Jack collected papers related to an internal training organized by the “AFO” network on the use of real bullets and the design of explosives, to transfer them to the Department of External Security with a summary of the contents of the discussions, noting that Achilles and Tommy “are psychologically prepared to kill a person with blood.” cool”.
These two people made an appointment the following Wednesday for Jack in a bistro at the Saint-Claude Gate to go test a grenade, when Achilles explained to Jack that the Halal process creates tensions within the group, although they never leave the idea behind.
Achille asked Jack to see if he could buy large quantities of oxygenated water in Belgium, and Tommy, who made his home a grenade factory, was proud of Jack, who says they can find wholesale weapons as well as poisons. To the point of motivating a criminal act.
Faced with this information gathered by Jack and the advanced preparations for the attack, the Department of External Security alerted the investigative judge in charge of the AFO file to order the arrest of the members on Saturday night, prior to the bomb test, with Jack sending an email saying, “Hello Achilles. I confirm My presence tomorrow, it is always good for you and our friend.”