Man indicted for setting fire at 'Last Temptation' showing


PARIS -- A magistrate Friday indicted a 25-year-old unemployed man who allegedly confessed to setting the fire that injured 10 people at a cinema complex showing the controversial film 'The Last Temptation of Christ.'

Thomas Lagourgue, who reportedly confessed to last Sunday's arson attack at the St. Michel movie theater in the Latin Quarter, was charged with 'committing a premeditated attack, premeditated destruction of property and conspiracy to destroy property by fire.'


Lagourgue also confessed to starting a smaller fire Oct. 11 in another cinema showing the film. That fire was quickly extinguished and there were no injuries.

Investigating Judge Jean-Louis Mazieres ordered Lagourgue jailed until trial.

Mazieres also indicted Hubert Pillet, a 22-year-old law student, on charges of 'conspiring to destroy property by fire,' bringing to eight the total number of people indicted in connection with the fire.

Pillet, who was charged with 'conspiring to destroy property by fire,' was released pending trial.

The fire last Sunday broke out moments after a showing of 'The Last Temptation of Christ,' which has sparked a series of protests and tear-gas bombings after opening in France last month.

Six others were indicted Thursday on charges of involvement in the arson attack.


One of them, Emmanuel Dousseau, 23, was ordered jailed and the other five were released pending trial. Dousseau was identified as a leader of the Christian pressure group 'Christian Itineraries.'

Police sources said several of those indicted so far are thought to be members of 'Christian Itineraries.'

The eight were among dozens of right-wingers and Roman Catholic traditionalists whom police rounded up on Tuesday for interrogation.

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