France's Interior minister said a neo-Nazi group of eleven people has been arrested.

The members of the group, who were spreading racist messages, were arrested Wednesday in an investigation of "criminal association" and "participation to a combatant group", Bernard Cazeneuve said Friday in a written statement.

Eleven rifles, two guns, 28 knives, some bullet-proof vests and helmets and several Nazi flags were among the items seized during police raids in eight regions of France.

The three "most active members" of the group were brought before a judge Friday to be charged, the statement said.