The Guardian, “French ‘anarchist cell’ goes on trial for alleged TGV rail sabotage”

Accused say politicians meddled in high-profile case to portray themselves as tough on crime.

Members of an alleged anarchist organisation have gone on trial accused of attempting to sabotage part of France’s high-speed rail network a decade ago.

Investigators say the Tarnac group deliberately placed steel rods on overhead power cables on three TGV lines.

The eight accused, who deny the charge, claim politicians manipulated the police and legal system to portray them as dangerous, ultra-left anarchists with terrorist links.

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