"Dismay" and "anger." These are the two words that the mayor of the city of Morlaix, Jean-Paul Vermot, firmly repeats, after having received, like fifteen other town halls of Finistère (Guiler-sur-Goyen, Milizac, Moelan, Pleyben, Plabennec, Motreff, Le Relecq-Kerhuon, Pencran, Pleuven, Peumerit, Nevez, Mespaul, Mellac, Melgen and even the island of Ouessant), a neo-Nazi leaflet of the most disturbing.
Adorned with a swastika on which is perched the eagle of the Nazi party looking behind its left wing, the "Parteiadler" (official national emblem since 1935 on Hitler's decision), this digital flyer sent with only object "birth certificate", proudly displays its colors. "Message to our white compatriots: white man, are you tired of seeing Jews destroy your country through immigration, pedo-LGBT degeneration and war? Join us in restoring white dominance in Europe."
An open investigation
And this call ends with a web address, that of a certain "Participatory Democracy" on GAB, a kind of social network and forum that has become, over time, one of the platforms of choice for fans of former President Donald Trump and the far right in general. Platform of which the Breton nationalist Boris Le Lay, who had fled Brittany for Japan a few years ago, had already been suspected of being the administrator.
Like many cities in Finistère, @LeRelecqKerhuon received an email that I classify as unacceptable and disgusting.
Obviously, we do not leave the slightest room for this kind of message and justice will be seized.#lerelecqkerhuon pic.twitter.com/ZZXn2HyLJ7
— Laurent PERON (@PERONLaurent) June 2, 2023
The leaflet is openly signed by the "People's Racial Awakening Communication (DepEvRa)" and accompanied by an e-mail address. Thanks to a QR Code, through some browsers, you can easily access their entire site, which openly advocates the release of the "political prisoner" Vincent Reynouard - a figure of French negationism - and offers podcasts for the least hateful, anti-Semitic, revisionist, racist, homophobic, etc.
Sunday noon, the prefect of Finistère Philippe Mahé immediately reacted and, in a statement, said "deeply indignant that such ignominious materials can be disseminated, especially to town halls" and announced the opening of a judicial investigation. "Anyone who has received these leaflets is invited to come forward to their gendarmerie brigade or the nearest police station," he added.
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The mayor of Morlaix Jean-Paul Vermot, for his part, does not hide his indignation: "all the more so in a doubly particular context: for the local context, in the country of Morlaix has just ended the end of the week of the Resistance, during which we were able to collect testimonies of children of deportees never returned from concentration camps; and for the general context, and I am thinking of my colleagues from Callac or Saint-Brémin, which shows that a word of the extreme right is freed more and more easily".
The elected official, like his colleagues (Laurent Péron, the mayor of Relecq-Kerhuon, for example), filed a complaint on Monday. "We must alert our fellow citizens so that this type of speech does not become commonplace," concludes Jean-Paul Vermot. The fachosphere is a reality, and the current context can be dangerous."