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Extradition of Joannes Rivoire: victims of pedophilia demonstrate in Lyon


Several activists came to parade Monday under the windows of the Ehpad where lives the former priest Joannes Rivoire, accused of pedophile abuse in Canada. They demand his extradition, after the refusal of the Minister of Justice in October.

Le Figaro Lyon

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Despite the biting cold, some noses venture to the window of the Saint-François d'Assises nursing home, attracted by the echo of the megaphone that rises between the three walls at the end of rue Raymond, on the hill of the Croix- Rousse, in Lyons.

In front of the glass facade covered with a message pointing to the presence within its walls of Joannes Rivoire, 91, a dozen activists came to recall Monday noon the accusations against this former priest of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. across the Atlantic.

A missionary in the far north for three decades, he was accused there of several rapes and sexual assaults on Inuit children, as mentioned by the Canadian arrest warrant revived last February following a new complaint.

While France finally refused his extradition in October despite the arrival of a delegation of relatives of victims in September in Lyon, Arnaud Gallais, president of the recent movement Be Brave France, now appeals to Emmanuel Macron.

All legal remedies being exhausted on the Canadian side,

"only he can change things,"

he says.

“We are ashamed of France which protects paedocriminals”,

mentions a sign held up by the activists.

Some were victims of sexual abuse, like Luc Gemet, raped by Father Ribes in the Loire.

"It's the same thing, the same fight,"

he says, echoing the Ciase report, which estimated the number of victims in the Church at 330,000 in half a century.

Stencils and arrows on the sidewalk

This Monday, stencils were painted on the ground from the Croix Rousse metro station to indicate the location of the priest's Ephad, who returned to his native region a few months ago after living in the south of France. and in Strasbourg, since his return in 1993 at the time of the first complaints.

“Today, he lives quietly here in this Ehpad in Lyon

, chants Arnaud Gallais on the megaphone.

Everyone knows it, yet neither the police nor the justice system acts


A few taken aback passers-by stopped to read the messages painted on the floor and pasted on the walls.


Heard as a victim following the Sauvé commission, Arnaud Gallais assumes the method.

"We want to show the culprits and the impunity they enjoy because it harms not only the victims but all of society, including Catholics

," he explains.

And to insist on the consequences of


citing the example of Marius Tungilik, the first to file a complaint in 1993, who ended up committing suicide in 2012. To the presumption of innocence, he answers

"presumption credibility of the voice of the victims”


“Especially after two Canadian arrest warrants in 1998 and 2022 and this extradition request.

If he has nothing to be ashamed of, let him go and answer them, ”

he says.

France justified its refusal by the delay between the statute of limitations and its policy of non-extradition of its nationals.

“Joannes Rivoire has dual nationality

,” retorts Arnaud Gallais.

Like his Belgian counterpart Eric Dejaeger, who had finally been extradited and sentenced in the same type of case.

The Rivoire file is far from being closed in Canada, which is working on issuing an Interpol red notice.

Source: lefigaro

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