French jihadist leader, 13 others jailed for plotting attacks on Jewish targets

The Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket in Paris following January's Islamist attack there. Credit: JJ Georges via Wikimedia Commons.

( A French jihadist leader, along with 13 others, were sentenced to prison on Friday for plotting attacks on Jewish targets inside of France and advocating terrorism.

A Paris court sentenced Mohamed Achamlane, who was the self-proclaimed “emir” of the outlawed Forsane Alizza (Knights of Pride) Islamist terror group, to nine years in jail for plotting attacks on targets such as kosher supermarkets and other Jewish-owned shops in Paris, according to files found on a computer by police.

Thirteen accomplices of Achamlane were sentenced to up to six years in jail for being associated with a terrorist group, Le Figaro reported. Achamlane said the group was formed to fight “Islamophobia” and to “channel the energy” of young Muslims. 

The convictions come as the French government is seeking to crack down on homegrown Islamic extremism following January’s terror attacks on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket. 

Posted on July 10, 2015 .