28 Nov 2019 Lvl. 2
Alert created on: 29 Jan 2019 n° 16/2019 France
Arson Attack against France Bleu Isère Radio Station
In Grenoble, the premises of public service radio station France Bleu Isère were partially destroyed following a fire that occurred around 2:30 am on the night of 27 January 2019. According to the investigation’s initial findings, the fire is most likely a deliberate criminal act. Two fire starts were identified; the door of the service entrance was forced. No injuries were reported, but material damage is significant: the entire ground floor of the building was damaged and the editorial offices destroyed. The first floor premises were spared thanks to the rapid intervention of firefighters. Editor-in-chief Leopold Strajnic said there had been no threat against the radio. The editorial team was able to resume work on 28 January in the afternoon, on the premises of France 3 television in Grenoble.
29 Nov 2019
On 26 November 2019, the police invested squats and a shared flat in the Grenoble metropolitan area as part of the investigation into several arson attacks in 2017, 2018 and 2019. The gendarmerie conducted a similar operation in Roybon.
30 Jan 2019
Responsibility for the arson attack that destroyed the premises of France Bleu Isère, on the night of 27 January, was claimed in a message published on 29 January on an anti-capitalist anarcho-libertarian website.
- Article from Le Monde (in French): "Derrière l’incendie des locaux de France Bleu Isère, l’ombre des groupes anarchistes locaux"
- Statement by Reporters sans Frontières : "Grenoble-based radio station badly damaged in arson attack"
- Article by Libération : "Incendie criminel des locaux de France Bleu à Grenoble : «Attaquer une radio, c’est un symbole» "
- Statement by the European Federation of Journalists: "France : la station de radio France Bleu Isère incendiée"
27 Jun 2019
Reply from the French authorities
29 Jan 2019
Media Freedom Representative strongly condemns arson attack on studios of France Bleu Isère radio in Grenoble, calls for swift and thorough investigation