Far-Left Extremist Takes Credit for Attempted Arson Attack on French Newspaper

Picture taken on December 9, 2015 in the French southwestern city of Toulouse shows the facade of the French regional newpaper "La Depeche du Midi" headquarters. (Photo by PASCAL PAVANI / AFP) (Photo by PASCAL PAVANI/AFP via Getty Images)
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Earlier this week, an unknown individual attempted to light several vehicles of a French newspaper on fire. A claim of responsibility for the attempted arson has been made on a well-known far-left anarchist web platform.

The attempted attack took place over the night of March 3rd to March 4th and saw the unidentified perpetrator break into the premises of French newspaper La Dépêche du Midi in Toulouse.

According to a report from broadcaster France Info, the suspect was able to evade security guards at the newspaper’s headquarters and tried to set fire to three delivery vehicles before fleeing as employees noticed what was transpiring and put out the flames.

A claim of responsibility was later posted on the anarchist far-left Antifa web platform Indymedia, with the suspect stating: “I broke into the enclosure of La Dépêche du Midi, and I lit four delivery trucks. I left too quickly to see if it worked. We’ll see in the next few days.”

According to the far-left extremist suspect, the action was done in response to a squat’s eviction in the city of Toulouse.

“It is in this context that I wanted to paralyze for a time part of their means of propaganda and above all to show them that evicting people from their homes will not go unpunished,” the suspect said.

The author also noted their support for the Berlin Antifa stronghold known as Rigaer94, a major security issue in Germany over recent years. Last year, police were called to the far-left squat over 700 times over violence and vandalism reports.

The attempted arsonist also expressed solidarity with far-left Greek terrorist Dimitris Koufodinas, whose supporters in Greece have vandalised and stormed multiple government offices in recent weeks, and firebombed an office of Greece’s governing New Democracy party.

Koufodinas remains on a hunger strike, demanding to be transferred away from a maximum-security prison. He is serving out eleven life sentences for his roles as a hitman for the notorious Revolutionary Organization 17 November (17N).

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