Norwegian neo-Nazi musician said to be an ‘Anders Breivik sympathiser’ arrested in France over fears he was plotting a similar massacre
Kristian Vikernes was arrested with his French wife Marie Chachet [sic; Cachet]
She had recently bought four rifles
40-year-old Vikernes is a convicted murderer from Norway
Previously received a copy of a manifesto from Breivik
By Anthony Bond
PUBLISHED: 15:19 GMT, 16 July 2013 | UPDATED: 16:32 GMT, 16 July 2013
A neo-Nazi linked to Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik has been arrested in France today following fears he might stage a large ‘terrorist act’.
Kristian Vikernes, a well-known black metal musician in Norway, was arrested with his French wife Marie Cachet after she recently bought four rifles.
The 40-year-old, who is a convicted murderer from Norway, had in the past received a copy of a manifesto from Breivik, the far-right militant who killed 77 people in 2011.
In a statement, France’s Interior Minister Manuel Valls said: ‘Having received the manifesto before (Breivik) committed his crimes and having been sentenced in Norway in the past for murder, this individual, who was close to a neo-Nazi movement, was likely to prepare a large terrorist act.’
Officers were searching his home in Correze for weapons and explosives, a police source said.
Breivik killed 77 people in a bombing in central Oslo and a shooting spree on a nearby island in July 2011. He was imprisoned last year for a maximum term of 21 years.
Breivik sent a copy of his manifesto setting out his ideology to Vikernes, an official at the Paris prosecutor’s office said.
Breivik’s 1,500-page manifesto outlined his planned crusade against Muslims, who he said were taking over Europe and could only be defeated through a violent civil war.
Cachet, 25, had a legal firearms permit when she bought the four rifles, the official said.
‘The investigation will notably establish the conditions in which these (rifles) were acquired and their real objective,’ Valls said. …
Vikernes, a black metal musician and writer known as Varg, was convicted in 1994 of stabbing a rival musician to death in Oslo and burning down several churches.
He was released from jail in 2009 and moved to France with his wife and three children.