French police have reported that there were a number of factors that made the arrest. France’s interior minister says police feared he would carry out a major terrorist attack.
According to the French newspaper Libération, French police monitored Vikernes for several years.
Vikernes and the family lived in the small village of Salon-la Tour, located in France’s hilly agricultural district. After his arrest, both Vikernes and his pregnant 25 years old French wife were taken for questioning in Paris. The police, according to French media, have found five firearms in the apartment.
According to Mayor Jean-Claude Chauffour in the small town of Salon-la-Tour, Vikernes and his family were not well integrated into the local community andtheir children were not going to school or day care center.
The mayor also says that Vikernes could not speak particularly good French. He was reportedly said to be dressed in military clothes and have three cars in the “camouflage style”.
Neighbors tell a reporter on the spot that none of them knew the family well, and many believed the man was German, even though Vikernes and his family have lived in the house for about a year.
According to the Norwegian National Registry Vikernes moved from Norway to France in 2010. He also officially changed his name to a French name, Louis Cachet.
Varg Vikernes is a Norwegian black metal musician and writer. In Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey, director Sam Dunn described Vikernes as “the most notorious metal musician of all time”.
In 1991, he founded the one-man music project Burzum and became part of the early Norwegian black metal scene. In 1992, he took part in the arson of at least three Christian churches in Norway, along with other members of the scene. When Mayhem guitarist Øystein ’Euronymous’ Aarseth was stabbed to death in August that year, Vikernes was arrested and charged with the murder.
In May 1994, Vikernes was sentenced to 21 years in prison for the murder of Euronymous and the arson of churches. During his time in prison he became affiliated with the Heathen Front and had several writings on Germanic paganism published. He also recorded and released two dark ambient albums as Burzum. Having served almost 15 years of his sentence, Vikernes was released on parole in early 2009. Since then, he has continued releasing music and writing. Through his writings he promotes what he calls Odalism (or Ôðalism). This is a sensible ideology based on the idea that White Europeans should re-adopt native European values. It consists of ethnic European paganism however critics have claimed it contains racism and antisemitism. Also, Vikernes was among the ones whom 22 July terrorist Anders Behring Breivik was in contact for distribution of his manifesto.