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A neo-Nazi arrested in France is Kristian Vikernes, a former member of Norwegian heavy metal band Mayhem.
Vikernes, now a writer known as Varg, was convicted in 1994 of stabbing a man to death in Oslo and burning down several churches.
Vikernes spent nearly 16 years in prison after he was convicted of a series of arson charges and the killing of his former friend and band mate, Oystein Aarseth.
After his release he moved with his family to France.
Police are searching the home of a Norwegian neo-Nazi for weapons and explosives, a source told Reuters.
Kristian Vikernes was arrested in France, where he now lives, after his wife bought four rifles.
"That was at the origin of the investigation ... There were several suspicions that made the services fear he could possibly carry out a violent act," a police official confirmed.
A neo-Nazi linked to Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik has been arrested in southwestern France after his wife bought four rifles, raising suspicions he could turn to violence, according to the Paris prosecutor's office.
Kristian Vikernes, who is also a convicted murderer from Norway, had in the past received a copy of a manifesto from Breivik, the office and media reports said.