Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin announced Thursday, January 20, the arrest of the leader of the ultra-right small group the Zouaves Paris, after his participation on Saturday in a demonstration against the vaccine pass.
The activist, Marc de Cacqueray-Valmenier, was arrested in Saint-Cloud (Hauts-de-Seine) “following violations of the obligations of his judicial control and omissions of pointing at the police station of Fontainebleau”, according to a press release from the Bobigny prosecution.
Its small group, founded in 2018 and dissolved on January 5 in the Council of Ministers, is suspected in particular of having taken part to the violence that punctuated the meeting of Eric Zemmour on December 5, in Villepinte (Seine-Saint-Denis). On Twitter, Mr. Darmanin then accused the small group of calling “to hate and violence”.
Marc de Cacqueray-Valmenier had been put on trial for “aggravated intentional violence” and “intentional violence in meetings” and placed under judicial supervision, a measure prohibiting him from participating in these gatherings.
Heir to the Union Defense Group (GUD)
Among the demonstrators on Saturday, ” there were [membres] of the Zouaves, and in particular the person who is in charge of the Zouaves who had punched during the meeting of Mr. Zemmour ”, said Mr. Darmanin on Franceinfo. “We see him with a megaphone to evoke the slogans”added the minister.
The Zouaves are a small group that swears by violence, heir to the Union Defense Group, hooligans and the most radical fringe of Action Française. It is, for the police, a “combat group”.
During this same demonstration, organized on Saturday by the Patriotes movement of Florian Philippot, two image reporters from AFP and their two security agents, were violently attacked by a group of about fifty people, identified as extreme right. AFP filed a complaint for “intentional violence in meetings”, “death threats” and “obstructing freedom of expression”.
Mr. Darmanin had asked the Paris police headquarters on Sunday to report to the courts after the dissemination of a controversial photo taken during the parade. “Clapping” Where “nazi salute” ? In this shot, we can see a group of militants with outstretched arms, raised to the sky, which can suggest the Nazi salute.
As he was asked if he was not “gone too fast” by reporting this gathering for a “nazi salute”, the Minister replied in the negative: “It is now in a fairly roundabout way that we try to have behavior that can be described as factional. »
On the political level, he deplored on Thursday “a kind of complacency vis-à-vis the far right”, considering that there was “obviously more than the President of the Republic and the government to denounce the small steps of the filthy beast”.