A Norwegian neo-Nazi activist arrested earlier this week in central France on the suspicion that he might be preparing a terrorist attack was released Thursday without being charged, local media reported.

Kristian Vikernes, a sympathizer of Anders Behring Breivik, the perpetrator of the attacks that left 77 people dead in Norway in July 2011, nevertheless will have to face justice for inciting racial hatred via the Internet.

French Interior Minister Manuel Valls said on Tuesday that Vikernes had "neither a target nor an identified plan" shortly after his ministry had warned that he was possibly preparing a very big attack.

The Norwegian musician, who on his blog justified his neo-Nazi sympathies, had been arrested at his home in the central French town of Salon-la-Tour along with his wife, French citizen Marie Cachet, who was released on Wednesday.

Vikernes has lived in France since 2009 after having served a 21-year prison sentence in Norway for stabbing a friend, according to French media. EFE