Police in the Alsace region of France have reportedly arrested four neo-Nazis on weapons charges.
The haul reportedly included forty-one guns, twenty-three of which were illegal. Also found was the equivalent of at least 120,000 bullet cartridges. Approximately 200 police officers were involved in the arrest of the four men, aged 45 to 53.
French intelligence services also believe that the men had taken part in a “Jew hunt” where they sought out Jewish people to attack during a football match in Strasbourg.
The four men face ten years in prison for amassing a vast amount of weaponry, as well as antisemitic and Holocaust-denial literature found in their belongings, though investigators are not yet able to say whether the men had planned a large-scale attack.
According to a report published by the French Jewish community’s main watchdog, the Jewish Community Security Service, antisemitic incidents in France skyrocketed by 75% in 2021.