France - Fascist Paramilitaries Generation Identity under Police Investigation



Authorities in France have launched an inquiry into allegations of violence and racism by members of a far-right group in the city of Lille, after an undercover Al Jazeera investigation exposed Generation Identity (GI) activists carrying out a racist attack on a teenage girl and admitting to a series of other assaults on Muslims and Arabs.

Thierry Pouquet du Haut Jusse, Lille's public prosecutor, announced the inquiry into the racist incidents shown in Al Jazeera's documentary, Generation Hate, late on Wednesday.

The report stated ...
The people who appear in [Al Jazeera's] report are going to have to explain themselves to police officers in order to define the criminal offences which might lead to prosecutions.
The documentary, broadcast on Sunday, showed one GI activist punching a teenage girl in the head several times in Lille's city centre in January.

The assailant, identified as Remi Falize, in a secretly filmed conversation, afterwards said ...
Girl, or no girl, I couldn't give a f***. They are just Arabs.
The 30-year-old supermarket worker was later caught on camera saying that if he was diagnosed with a terminal illness, he would ...
... go to Lille's Wazemmes market and "sow carnage" against Muslims.
Falize made the remark at a private bar called the Citadelle, owned by Aurelien Verhassel, head of Lille's branch of GI. The anti-Muslim group advocates the defence of what it sees as the identity and culture of white Europeans from what it calls the threat of Islam and mass immigration, and advocates for forced repatriation.

Footage from the Citadelle and other parts of Lille also show activists boasting about carrying out violent attacks and making Nazi salutes. Verhassel was also secretly filmed encouraging members of the Citadelle to violence.

In a statement on Tuesday, Martine Aubry, the mayor of Lille, called the comments from GI activists "unacceptable" ...
This is entirely reprehensible and is in breach of the law. I have called upon the local authorities so we can find the appropriate measures to put a stop to the activities of these individuals and to shut down the Citadelle, which should have never opened in Lille.
Al Jazeera's investigation also revealed close ties between GI and Marine Le Pen's National Front.


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