On Monday, November 27, Patrick Cohen devoted his editorial to the Crépol tragedy in the program "C à vous". A paper that the journalist read, visibly moved. "In this village of 500 inhabitants in the Drôme," he recounted, "there was a ball in the village hall. At the end of the evening, a dozen young people mingle with the 400 participants. They are not from the village. They came to have fun, to pick up girls. There was no incident until the last song of the evening, Tchikita by rapper Jul. It was there that, according to the defendants, one of the participants in the ball, a rugby player, pulled the long hair of one of the members of the group, calling him Tchikita, that is to say a sexy girl. Altercation, fight, the offended take out knives. A 16-year-old boy collapses, stabbed to death. His name was Thomas, he played rugby, it was one of his first outings...»
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Once the facts had been mentioned, Patrick Cohen launched into a demonstration on the political recuperation of the facts: "The right and the far right want us to believe that we are on the verge of a civil war. Let one France stand against another. That the hunt for the Gaul is launched at a time when the vast majority of immigrants and French people with an immigrant background disapprove of this violence," he then declared.
A wave of indignation
Today, a wave of indignation has risen in reaction to the words chosen by the former morning host of France Inter and Europe 1. Thus, for Éric Naulleau, "Patrick Cohen is here engaged in a rewriting of the Crépol attack", as he writes today on his account X (formerly Twitter).
Beatrice Rosen, actress and former columnist in "Don't Touch My Job," also grabbed her keyboard to share her outrage: "'They came to have fun, to pick up girls' With 20cm knives?? And it ends in the murder of a 16-year-old kid? Who are you kidding, Patrick Cohen?" "At this point, it's more than denial, it's provocation," she adds.
Laure Lavalette, RN MP for the Var, assured her subscribers that she had referred the matter to Arcom, the audiovisual police. She believes that "this sequence is a disgrace to public broadcasting".