Incident Summary:

04/28/2005: In Ciboure, France, an unknown perpetrator on a motorbike threw a Molotov cocktail at a police vehicle parked in front of the private home of then French Defense Minister, Michele Alliot-Marie. This attack occurred hours after Alliot-Marie was featured in the ‘Envoyé Spécial’ television program on the France-2 channel. No one was injured. Though authorities suspect Basque separatists yet no one claimed responsibility.




Western Europe

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity A leading French government official
Specific Description The home of Minister of Defense at the time, Michele Alliot-Marie, in Ciboure, France.
Nationality of Target France
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity French national police
Specific Description A police car parked outside the home of then Minister of Defense in Ciboure, France.
Nationality of Target France
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Molotov Cocktail/Petrol Bomb
Weapon Details
The device was described as a molotov cocktail, which authorities say that only an expert could have created knowing that it would explode with the first attempted attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The Minister of Defense at the time, Michele Alliot-Marie, was profiled that same night on television.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Basque Fatherland and Freedom (ETA) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Agence France Presse, “Jet d'un cocktail molotov devant le domicile de Michèle Alliot-Marie,” April 30, 2005.
Sud Ouest, “Cocktail molotov devant chez MAM,” April 30, 2005.