Anti-Muslim bombings in Paris, Cannes and Nice

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Anti-Muslim bombings in Paris, Cannes and Nice
Part of Terrorism in France
Anti-Muslim bombings in Paris, Cannes and Nice is located in France
Anti-Muslim bombings in Paris, Cannes and Nice (France)
Location Paris, Cannes and Nice, France
Date October 4, 1972 (1972-10-04)
December 19, 1988 (1988-12-19)
Target French Muslim immigrants
Attack type
Deaths 1
Non-fatal injuries
Perpetrators French and European Nationalist Party
Motive Anti-Islam

The Anti-Muslim bombings in Paris, Cannes and Nice were a series of three terror bombings carried out by anti-Muslim extremists in French cities in the 1970s and 1980s.


The first attack happened in the early hours of 4 October 1972, when a bomb exploded in the Librairie Palestine, a PLO bookstore in Paris established in 1970.[1]

On 9 May 1988, a second attack occurred when a Sonacotra hostel in Cannes that was frequented by North African immigrants was bombed, injuring two people.[2][3] On December 19 of the same year, 2 firebombs exploded in a hostel for immigrant workers from North Africa in Cagnes-sur-Mer, a town located about 7 miles from Nice, injuring twelve people and killing one.[2][4] Although police spokesmen reported that most of the residents in the building in Cagnes-sur-Mer were Tunisian, the lone fatality was George Iordachescu, a Romanian exile.[5]


The bombers posed as an extremist Zionist group, calling themselves the Masada Action and Defense Movement (French: Mouvement d'Action et Défense Masada), and leaving anti-Islam leaflets bearing Stars of David at the scene of one of the 1988 bombings.[3][6] The Zionist moniker ended up being a false flag and in 1989, 18 members of the neo-Nazi French and European Nationalist Party were arrested for the bombings,[7] which had been intended to provoke tensions between Arabs and Jews in France.[3][8][9]

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  1. ^ "Arabs hit Bombing in Paris as Zionist". Chicago Tribune. United Press International. 5 October 1972. Retrieved 17 February 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Greenhouse, Steven (20 December 1988). "Immigrant Hostel Bombed in France". New York Times. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Terrorist Organization Profile: Masada, Action and Defense Movement". MIPT Terrorism Knowledge Base. Retrieved 25 March 2010. 
  4. ^ AP (20 December 1988). "Blasts Wreck Immigrant Home in France; 1 Dead". Los Angeles Times. Associated Press. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  5. ^ Reuters (20 March 2012). "TIMELINE-Attacks on Jews, Muslims in France since 1980". Reuters. Reuters. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  6. ^ Durham, Robert B. (25 August 2014). False Flags, Covert Operations, & Propaganda. p. 105. ISBN 1312462884. Retrieved 3 April 2017. 
  7. ^ European Parliament, Committee of Inquiry on Racism and Xenophobia- Report on the Findings of the Inquiry, 1991, pp. 29–30
  8. ^ Jones, Seth G.; Libicki, Martin C. (2008). "How Terrorist Groups End". RAND Corporation. 
  9. ^ Spencer, Lawrence R. (1 January 2008). Alien Interview. pp. 240–241. ISBN 0615204600. Retrieved 3 April 2017.