France – Zemmour’s alleged attacker charged with willful violence

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The far-right candidate was grabbed and injured in the wrist at his meeting in the Paris region on Sunday. Prosecutors have also opened an investigation into the violence against SOS Racisme activists.

Eric Zemmour in Villepinte on November 5th, 2021.

AFP

The man suspected of slightly injuring Eric Zemmour, the far-right candidate for the French presidential election, by grabbing him at a meeting near Paris on Sunday, has been charged with premeditated violence, the French judiciary said on Wednesday with.

The alleged attacker was charged with “willful violence with ITT (complete incapacity for work) for more than eight days” and placed under judicial supervision, the public prosecutor said. He was also prohibited from leaving French territory, holding or carrying a weapon, and coming into contact with the victim, he said.

The defendant is charged with injuring the candidate’s wrist by grabbing him in the middle of the crowd at his meeting on Sunday in Villepinte, a suburb of Paris, the first of his presidential election. He was arrested on the spot by the police.

Violence against SOS Racism

At the same time as this political rally, the public prosecutor opened an investigation into the violence against activists of the anti-racist NGO SOS Racisme, who protested against the candidate in the hall.

Eric Zemmour on Tuesday condemned “all the violence” that disrupted his public meeting and labeled the SOS racism militants attacked as “provocateurs”.

The right-wing extremist candidate has been convicted twice in the past for incitement to racial discrimination and religious hatred and has made a name for himself through extremist protests and polemics about Islam, immigrants, women and homosexuals.

(AFP)

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