France to ban far-right party

CNN, Aug. 6, 2002

PARIS, France (CNN) –The French government has agreed to disband Radical Unity — a far-right group with ties to a gunman who police say attempted to shoot President Jacques Chirac.

Police say Maxime Brunerie, 25, who allegedly tried to shoot Chirac during the Bastille Day parade in Paris on July 14, was involved with various extreme-right and neo-Nazi groups, including Radical Unity.

Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy told reporters on Tuesday the government had adopted a decree that breaks up the group.

A 1936 law prohibits the existence of groups that provoke racial discrimination or ethnic hatred.

The decision requires approval from the Council of State, France’s highest administrative body.

Radical Unity said in a written statement it “never tried to cut itself off from legality” and was not a militia group, the type of organisation targeted by the law.

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