Charles Martel Club
The Charles Martel Group, also known as the Charles Martel Club, was an anti-Arab organization that operated in the 1970’s and 1980’s in France. The majority of its attacks were on Algerian government and business installations. Algeria, a former French colony, had fought a bitter war for independence, and many Algerian refugees were settling in France around this time.
Charles Martel, the group’s namesake, is a famous figure in French history, and his defeat of the Arab Moorish armies at Tours in 732 is presumably the motivation for this terrorist group’s invocation of his name. The name Charles Martel has often been invoked by anti-immigrant and anti-Arab groups, both inside and outside France. Members of the Secret Army Organization, a terrorist organization aimed at toppling the French government due to its eventual support for Algerian independence, used this name in the 1960's. In the United States, the Charles Martel Society is a right-wing anti-immigration academic group.
The Charles Martel Group has not carried out an attack since 1983 and is presumed to be inactive.