French Foreign Legion Ex-Leader Arrested at Calais Pegida Rally

French Foreign Legion Ex-Leader Arrested at Calais Pegida Rally © REUTERS/ Pascal Rossignol

20:16 07.02.2016(updated 20:22 07.02.2016) Get short URL
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Former Foreign Legion Leader Christian Piquemal arrested in the French port city of Calais among some 20 other participants of an anti-Islamization rally, will appear in court on Monday, media reported.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The 75-year-old general was arrested on Saturday as some 150 people gathered in Calais for a protest organized by the Pegida anti-islamization movement, defying a ban on rallies.

According to the French RFI radio station, Piquemal will face up to a year in prison for participating in an unlawful assembly. People arrested along with him also face charges of possessing banned weapons.

Tens of thousands of Pegida supporters held rallies across Europe on Saturday. Dozens were arrested.

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