French Pols Receive Death Threats—Along With Bullets

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 3, 2009 3:35 PM CST
French Interior Minister Michele Alliot-Marie, left, and French Justice Minister Rachida Dati both received the threats.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Seven French politicians, including President Nicolas Sarkozy, have received death threats accompanied by live ammunition, the Independent reports. The letters, which included 9mm rounds, were signed by an unknown group called Solidarity Earth. Though the name perhaps suggests an environmental group, and anti-terrorism officials are investigating, those in the know attribute the act to a “disturbed individual.”

The letter specifically threatens Sarkozy, Justice Minister Rachida Dati, and Interior Minister Michèle Alliot-Marie. “You think that you own our lives,” the threat reads. “No. We own your lives and those of your friends and family.” Alliot-Marie, a conservative, has warned of a surge in “ultra-leftist” violence.