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Neo-Nazis Under Death Threats

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A group calling itself The Remembrance Commando has threatened to kill one of the leaders of France’s minute neo-Nazi party. The group, which has already assumed responsibility for the murder on March 20 of rightwing parliamentary candidate Francois Duprat, telephoned the French News Agency AFP yesterday to say "we intend to immediately execute the neo-Nazi Pierre Clementi."

The Remembrance Commando apparently is accusing Clementi of being responsible for the explosion which last week slightly damaged the Paris offices of the Association of French Concentration Camp Deportees.

Clementi is a former officer in the French Legion of Volunteers which fought with the Nazis on the Russian front during World War II. Sentenced to death after France’s liberation, he has since been pardoned and now leads the small New European Order, a neo-Nazi organization.

An anonymous group calling itself The Peiper Commando, named after the SS Colonel who was murdered in his villa in southern France on July 14,1976, has assumed responsibility for several bomb explosions in Paris. The Remembrance Commando apparently believes that Clementi, now in his 70s, and his men are behind these attacks.

Duprat, a university lecturer who specialized in translating into French former Nazi pamphlets, was killed by a bomb which blew up his car on the eve of France’s parliamentary elections earlier this year. Duprat was running for Parliament on an extreme rightwing ticket. French police have suspected since then that the two minute groups, neo-Nazis and Jewish extremists, are engaged in a sort of gang warfare.

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