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Assassination of Samuel Paty: Gérald Darmanin files a defamation complaint against the Mediapart blog


In question, a blog post qualifying as “police barbarism” the “summary execution” of the terrorists, and in particular that of the author of the attack of Conflans-Saint-Honorine.

According to information from



confirmed by



, the Minister of the Interior Gerald Darmanin filed a complaint for “defamation” against

“the website” on

Wednesday, October 21.

In question, a blog post written by a contributor outside the editorial staff of Mediapart, only known under the pseudonym of "horslesmurs".

In this text published on October 19 and entitled "Summary execution of the suspect: new norm in terrorism?", The author returns to the neutralization of Abdoulakh A., killed by the police on October 16 after the assassination of Samuel Paty, professor of history and geography at the Bois d'Aulne college in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine (Yvelines).

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“When it comes to terrorism, that is to say a crime committed by a Muslim person against a non-Muslim person, the police seem to have the right or even the duty to kill”


"One cannot be indignant at terrorist barbarism and at the same time subscribe to police barbarism without being in contradiction with oneself or knowingly turning one's back on the French Republic


This term of

"police barbarism"

particularly indignant the Minister of the Interior, who considers in his complaint lodged with the public prosecutor of Paris that the remarks of the blog post

"are likely to attack the honor and for the consideration of the national police "


" characterize the offense of public defamation against the public administration of the national police ".

"Too provocative approach"

The text also aroused wide indignation, especially on social networks.

Faced with the controversy, "horslesmurs" modified its post on October 20, recognizing a

"too provocative approach"


“To speak of 'police barbarism' was a mistake because it places two very different forms of violence on the same moral plane.

However, these two acts of violence have nothing to do with it, ”

writes the author.

The latter, however, maintains the substance of his remarks.

"If the

Charlie Hebdo


have become a symbol of freedom of expression, why want at all costs the censorship of a text whose main fault is to be - in certain respects - caricatural vis-à-vis the forces of the order ?

What laws does this blog post violate?

None ”

, affirms“ horslesmurs ”.

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It will be up to justice to decide if the Paris prosecutor's office decides to open an investigation.

For its part, Mediapart, contacted by

Le Figaro

, did not wish to react immediately.

Source: lefigaro

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