Four people were arrested on Wednesday, January 20 in the case of the "Barjols", this small group suspected of having planned a violent action against Emmanuel Macron in 2018. These men, aged 26, 38, 39 and 42 respectively, were arrested in Meurthe-et-Moselle, Haute-Saône and in Morbihan by police officers from the General Directorate of Internal Security (DGSI).
During searches of their homes, weapons were discovered, many of them legally held.
Investigators are looking to determine whether these suspects may have played a role in the foiled attack project against the head of state during his memorial journey on the centenary of the end of the Great War.
One of them has an anchoring in the movement of the ultra-right, even downright Nazi, according to a source close to the file.
People close to the identity far right
In this case, nine people have already been indicted for "criminal terrorist association";
including a retired caregiver suspected of being the instigator of the disastrous project.
Some display profiles of “survivalists” close to the identity far right with a hint of xenophobia.
In 2018, investigators precipitated the arrests when they learned that one of the men, Jean-Pierre Bouyer, retired Isérois, had moved to eastern France where Emmanuel Macron was.
When he was arrested in Moselle, the one who ran the “Barjols” Facebook page for Isere was in possession of a ceramic knife.
For the defense, it is about a "file of opportunity inflated by the services" which would have overinterpreted inflammatory remarks of angry people but who had no real intention to plan an attack against the president.