The mail landed on the DA's office a few days ago.
According to our information, the brand new Interministerial Delegate for the Fight against Racism and Anti-Semitism (Dilcrah), Sophie Elizéon, recently took legal action to denounce the online sale of items related to the Nazi regime on Amazon and AliExpress.
The letter, dated April 27, 2021, incriminates two giants of the global economy.
The richest man on the planet, American Jeff Bezos, runs the first platform.
The second is remote-controlled by Chinese billionaire Jack Ma through his Alibaba group.
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The former prefect at the head of the government watch makes a list of the items available for purchase on their sites.
Military t-shirts, scarves and caps bear the insignia of an SS infantry division.
Others are marked by the "black sun", a symbol of Nazi mysticism, made up of three intertwined swastikas.
Military badges and flags
According to our verifications, some research is also enough to come across replicas of Nazi military badges, historical flags of the Wehrmacht, or even collector's items bearing the effigy of Adolf Hitler's generals.
"The public sale of these clothes appears to constitute the offenses of apologizing for crimes against humanity or of public provocation to hatred and violence", writes the senior official, under the aegis of the Prime Minister.
Rémy Heitz, the public prosecutor of Paris, must now decide on the follow-up he will give to the case.
In theory, the French representations of these mastodons could be continued.
The question arises of the responsibility of these companies, whose digital stalls are partly stocked by third-party sellers.
Towards more moderation
AliExpress, which says it takes "this type of ad very seriously", refers to the "strict regulations" that these merchants must respect to sell on its platform.
Like its competitor, Amazon promises disciplinary sanctions for disputed merchants, "including the potential deletion of their account."
Within the interministerial delegation, it is admitted that the targeted sites tend to withdraw questionable products when they are alerted, by anti-racist associations as well as by State services.
"We cannot spend our time giving advice or amicable," shouts Sophie Elizéon.
It should also be remembered that French law must be respected in France.
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The former prefect of Aude and the Territoire de Belfort took up his new post in February. She hopes that this hearing will decide the platforms to be "much more vigilant" on these issues. No doubt they could also train their teams in finer moderation. It comes at a cost. But it would be acrobatic to say the least, in view of the pedigree of the companies, to plead the lack of means.