School Run By Muslim Former Departmental Governor Bombed

January 25, 2004

Source: Al Jazeera

On January 25, 2004 Al Jazeera posted an Agence France Presse article that reported, "A business school run by one of France's first Muslim departmental governors was rocked by a minor explosion on Sunday but there were no injuries, officials said. Windows were broken and the door damaged at the Audencia school in Nantes, run by 57-year-old Aissa Dermouche - the Algerian-borndirector of the management school and the new top administrator for the eastern French department of Jura. Dermouche immediately went to the scene and a probe has been launched. The explosive device used in the blast was 'not very sophisticated,' a source close to the probe said. Last week, the car belonging to Dermouche was destroyed by an explosive device. Dermouche, who came to France at the age of 18, is the first departmental governor, or prefect, from the generation that immigrated from North Africa in the 1960s."