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- Order number: TarnacAffair
Tarnac Affair - Considerations on the making of 'terrorism' in France from November 2008
On November 11, 2008, within the framework of Operation “TAIGA”, one hundred and fifty police encircled the small village of Tarnac, in Corrèze (southwest France). Simultaneously, evidence was seized in Rouen, Paris, Limoges, and Metz. An arrest of young people was made, above all as a spectacle to incite fear. Their arrest was said to be in connection with the sabotage of the train lines of the SNCF , which on November 8 caused delays for certain TGVs on the Paris-Lille line. These malevolent acts, which knocked down several overhead wires, were characterized as terrorist in nature, despite the fact that they never, at any moment, put human lives in danger. The prosecution, which says it possesses several clues, recognizes that it has no material evidence or proof.