A Quebec man who belongs to a religious sect that believes the world will end in 2012 is being investigated by France for allegedly inciting people over the internet to commit suicide.
A few months ago, a French internet user became worried after noticing exchanges between a Quebec man and a group of French followers on several sites discussing the sect.
The Quebec man invited what he called his “divine children” towards “ascension,” according to the Mission interministÃ©rielle de vigilance et de lutte contre les dÃ©rives sectaires (the Interministerial Mission for Monitoring and Combatting Cultic Deviances), a French government agency .
“In New Age language, that means ending your days on Earth to reach another universe,” said the organization’s secretary-general, HervÃ© Machi.
the man — identified only as ‘Flot’ in the document — frequently suggested that his “divine children” experience “a divine relationship” with him and join him in “an ascent to . . . leave this world for a new universe.”
In preparation he asked his followers to undergo a “mental preparation”.
According to the agency, some followers were in such a state of preparedness that they had already made arrangements with notaries and funeral homes.
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