The presidents of the National Assembly Yaël Braun-Pivet, and the Senate, Gérard Larcher, have taken legal action after many parliamentarians received anti-Semitic, racist and homophobic emails, according to both institutions.
In recent days many of us have been the recipient of an anti-Semitic email. Such an act cannot remain without reaction. I have therefore decided to file a complaint with a civil party, on behalf of our institution, "writes Yaël Braun-Pivet in a letter to the deputies of which AFP has obtained a copy. "Many MPs have been targeted, all groups are affected." "This is an operation that was obviously done via software," said the presidency of the Assembly.
'Incitement to racial hatred'
For the Senate, Gérard Larcher said, also by letter, to have seized the prosecutor of Paris under article 40 of the code of criminal procedure after the receipt by several senators "of anti-Semitic emails and incitement to racial hatred, which included many Nazi symbols". More than 80 parliamentarians of the presidential majority have filed a collective complaint with the national pole for the fight against online hate of the judicial court of Paris, said the Renaissance group in the Assembly.
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These deputies received, on Monday and Tuesday, on their email addresses of the National Assembly, two emails accompanied by "anti-Semitic, racist, homophobic leaflets" with the aim of "restoring the domination of the white race in Europe," said Moselle deputy Ludovic Mendes. The leaflets contained a link to a website "encouraging ultimate acts of violence of a racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic nature," with "several explicit references to the Nazi regime and Holocaust denial, as well as a return to National Socialism," he said.
These emails shocked us deeply by the messages of hatred they convey, by their calls for violence, as well as by the use of references to Nazi barbarism." But, "these seem to be sent via software that does not allow (not) to go directly to the sender," noted the Moselle deputy. The leader of the Macronist deputies Aurore Bergé is part of the group of elected officials who filed this collective complaint on Tuesday.