Extremist Chief Among Those Killed In Explosion
TOULON, France (AP) _ The president of a new extreme right organization called SOS-France and three of his associates were killed early Monday when about 11 pounds of explosives blew up in his car, police said.
Investigators said Claude Noblia, 43, and Yvon Ricard, Raymond Segara and Henri Bahri were in Noblia’s car about 1 a.m. when the blast destroyed the car in central Toulon and set a nearby building on fire.
Police said bungled handling of the explosives probably caused the blast, reflecting an assumption that the explosives were to be used to attack a building once used by SOS-Racism, a group that has organized large anti-racist demonstrations in France.
The explosion occurred a few dozen yards from a building vacated by SOS- Racism a month ago, next to a district populated largely by North Africans.
Charred leaflets at the scene bore SOS-France headings and contained such phrases as: ″The French are us, but not them.″
Noblia twice ran unsuccessfully in municipal elections in nearby La Seyne- sur-Mer on far-right tickets.
He resigned from the extreme right National Front at the start of the year, and in February he founded SOS-France.
The National Front issued a statement in Paris disclaiming any part in the explosion.