Muslim Government Official's Car Bombed

January 19, 2004

Source: The Independent

On January 19, 2004 The Independent reported, "A bomb has destroyed a car belonging to a recently appointed French government official who was born in Algeria, in an apparent attempt to inflame racial and religious tensions in France. Investigators suspect that either the white-supremacist far right or an extremist Muslim group planted the bomb that exploded yesterday under the bonnet of a Saab belonging to Aissa Dermouche. M. Dermouche, 57, was named as préfet of the eastern Jura region last week. He is the first immigrant and first Muslim for 40 years to reach the elite ranks of the préfets, uniformed civil servants who are responsible for law enforcement and the administration of national government in each region. No one was injured in the explosion, which occurred in the early hours near M. Dermouche's home in a quiet residential part of Nantes, in western France, where he is the head of a prestigious business school."