Willy Brigitte is a convert to Islam who misunderstands his new, peaceful faith. “Militant who targeted Australian nuclear plant held in France,” from Australia Network News, March 30 (thanks to Kenneth):
A man convicted five years ago of planning an attack on an Australian nuclear plant is said to be one of the suspected militants held for questioning after a series of raids across France.
A police source in Paris told Reuters news agency that Willy Brigitte, a French Muslim convert, was arrested on Friday at his home in a suburb of the French capital.
Authorities found no weapons, but seized his computer and a mobile phone.
Brigitte was deported from Australia to France in 2003 after he breached his tourist visa.
In 2007, a French court convicted him of plotting an attack against the Lucas Heights nuclear research facility in Sydney’s south-west and sentenced him to nine years in jail, with six years non-parole.
It’s not yet clear why he was free when arrested on Friday.