Leader of French Neo-Nazi Terror Group Convicted

The Judicial Court of Paris has sentenced the leader of the disbanded neo-Nazi terror group, Organisation des armées sociales (OAS), to nine years in prison.

This was the first major lawsuit in France against a far-right terrorist group in the past four years, during which proceedings were instituted against seven neo-Nazi organisations. Accordingly, 48 people were indicted for far-right criminal activity.

The Organisation des armées sociales (OAS) group intentionally evokes the name of the Organisation armée (OAS), a far-right French dissident paramilitary organisation during the Algerian War carrying out assassinations against the Algerian people.

The prosecutor proposed 10 years of imprisonment for Logan Alexandre Nisin; the court sentenced him to nine. Another five accused were deemed guilty. The second defendant, Thomas Annequint, was sentenced to seven years in prison and was taken into custody.

According to the allegations, the group, established in 2016 and dissolved by public authorities in 2017, was „preparing fighters physically, psychologically and financially for an immediate race war. They targeted Muslim, Jewish, Arabian and Black people, Christophe Castaner, a government spokesperson and a Minister of the Interior in 2017, and Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the leader of the radical left-wing La France Insoumise.

The group’s central figure, 24-year-old Logan Alexandre Nisin, sympathises with the far-right Norwegian terrorist and mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik. He praised him on Facebook, attended gunnery practices and intended to organise a criminal organisation to realise his assassination plans. Anders Behring Breivik was arrested in 2017 and has been in custody since. During the hearing, Logan Nisin confessed that the idea of the organisation emerged after the 2015 Islamist attacks in Paris and the 2016 Nice truck attack.

During the investigation, they found that OAS had an organisational structure and a handbook and wanted to finance its later assassinations from gun attacks against companies. They spread hatred in their recruiting appeals: „Arabians, blacks, riff-raff, migrants, dealers, Jihadists. Are you dreaming about killing them? This is our common goal. Join us!”

Logan Nisin admitted that he originally planned to make OAS a terrorist organisation, but the plan has changed. The other defendants also stated that their activity was merely verbal; they never did anything and shifted the responsibility to their leader.

Nevertheless, the court has decided that each defendant is guilty because they „represented the OAS personally as well as a group”.