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A total of 39 ultra-right members, including around twenty S files, were arrested and placed in police custody on Saturday in Paris.
ULTRA-RIGHT – A threat in Paris. The 39 members of the so-called ultra-right movement arrested on Saturday in Paris are still in police custody this Sunday, February 11 at midday, according to information communicated by the prosecution. A source close to the matter indicated that they were being heard for “ participation in a group with a view to committing damage”. Information now confirmed by the prosecution.
The latter also gives more details on the profile of those arrested. The group is exclusively made up of men, most of whom are adults and the oldest in the group is 29 years old. Only two of them are minors, aged 17. In total, around twenty are on S file and several were prohibited from traveling to Paris. Here is what we know about this arrest.
Two well-known figures from the ultra-right movement
Among the 29 men arrested are well-known figures from the ultra-right movement, such as the former leader of the small group dissolved the “ Zouaves », Marc de Cacqueray-Valmenier. Aged 24, he has already been convicted and imprisoned in recent years. He is currently indicted and placed under judicial supervision in the case of the attack on SOS Racisme activists during a meeting of Eric Zemmour, president of the far-right Reconquest movement, in December 2021.
The group also includes Gabriel Loustau, a figure from the Union Défense Group (GUD). Also in his twenties, he is the son of Axel Loustau, close to Marine Le Pen and former leader of this far-right student organization, renowned for its violent actions. Gabriel Loustau notably participated with his father in a demonstration which brought together hundreds of activists in Paris in May 2023.
An arrest after a tribute to Robert Brasillach
The 39 men were arrested by Brav-M police officers around 4:00 p.m. Saturday at the exit of the Charronne cemetery, in the 20th arrondissement of the capital. They had just paid tribute to the far-right writer Robert Brasillach, sentenced to death and shot at the Liberation for collaboration, according to the source close to the matter.
At least two of them were equipped with crutches, which could be considered weapons by destination, and some were prohibited from traveling to Paris. Before being arrested, these activists had also been seen near a union demonstration against the far right which was taking place in the capital, Place de la République.
Dissolution of several small ultra-right groups
Several small far-right groups have been dissolved in recent months by the government. The latest, the Lille association La Citadelle, which was prohibited from organizing an evening entitled “ Let them return to Africa” in February 2023, was dissolved on Wednesday in the Council of Ministers.
In December, another small group, La Division Martel, was dissolved after a demonstration resembling a punitive expedition in Romans-sur-Isère (Drôme), in reaction to the death of a young man, Thomas, in Crépol.
The former director general of internal security (DGSI), Nicolas Lerner, now head of the DGSE, warned last July of “ the very worrying resurgence” violent actions of this extremist fringe since spring 2023, in a newspaper interview The world. Since 2017, 10 planned attacks inspired by the ultra-right movement have been foiled, according to the authorities.
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