Former French politician charged with terrorism in right-wing plot to attack vaccine centers: report

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Rémy Daillet-Wiedemann.
Former French politician Rémy Daillet-Wiedemann was implicated in a kidnapping plot. Jean-Francois Badias/AP
  • Former French politician Rémy Daillet-Wiedemann was charged with terrorism in connection with a plot to attack vaccine centers, police said.

  • Daillet, known in far-right circles, was previously implicated in a plot to kidnap a child whose mother had lost custody of her, AP News reported.

  • The politician has promised to make a run for president of France.

A former French politician was charged with terrorism in connection with a plot to attack vaccine centers, according to reports.

Rémy Daillet-Wiedemann was charged on Friday after authorities said he was involved with a right-wing plan to attack vaccination centers and other targets, including a masonic lodge, AP News reported.

Daillet is known in far-right circles for calling for the French government to be overthrown, as well as speaking out against vaccines, masks, and 5G technology, Radio France Internationale reported. The politician has been seen as an example of how conspiracy theories like QAnon can have a global impact.

Jean-Christophe Basson-Larbi, Daillet's lawyer, referred to his client as a "political prisoner" who has called for the end of the French political system, AP reported. Basson-Larbi did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

Daillet, who has said he would run for president in upcoming elections, was a regional leader in France's centrist MoDem party up until 2010, according to RFI.

The politician was previously arrested following his alleged involvement in a kidnapping plot earlier this year to reunite an eight-year-old child with her mother, who had lost custody of her, AP News reported. The child, who was abducted from her grandmother's home in eastern France, was recovered in Switzerland a few days later, according to RFI.

Those involved in the kidnapping cited Daillet as their inspiration and echoed QAnon-like theories that the French government's child protective services were operating a pedophilic cabal. According to AP News, Daillet praised the abduction but did not indicate whether he was involved. At the time, his lawyer dismissed the accusations as a political stunt.

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