Even when they do not take place, the Johannine festivals in Orléans are talked about.
A man was arrested Saturday in the city as part of a rally declared as "protest" but diverted from its announced object and transformed into a tribute to Joan of Arc, according to the prefecture of Loiret.
The organizers, who had declared a rally in the prefecture to protest against the sanitary measures, "had been warned not to divert the object of this gathering", the same source said.
Indeed, it was recalled, the decree of 29/10/2020 only authorizes gatherings or demonstrations "of a protest nature", a framework in which a gathering in honor of Joan of Arc did not enter. … Even in ordinary times of festivals celebrating the Maid.
The organizers of this rally, a "static concert", which took place in front of the city's cathedral and in which a maximum of about 90 people participated, according to the same source, were "in the process of verbalization" on Saturday evening.
Close to Generation Identity
Considered "close to Generation Identity", a recently dissolved far-right group, the man arrested wore a swastika engraved on his arm, a swastika which was "exposed", said the prefecture. Taken to the Orléans police station, according to the Central Republic, the man explained to the police, during his hearing, that this tattoo represented his past "but that he had matured since", that it was " a youthful error ”. "If he still hadn't erased it, it's because" tattoo artists are closed
, he also told the police officers leading the investigation.
This young man from Loiret was to be left free at the end of his hearing, with nevertheless a fifth class fine (which can go up to 4,500 euros) "for wearing or public display of an emblem reminiscent of a criminal organization.
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Normally, outside of periods of sanitary restrictions, the festivals celebrating Joan of Arc, known as Johannine festivals, are the occasion for ten days of festivities in Orleans at this time of the year.
This year, the Johannine celebrations are above all the subject of a lively controversy over a politicized documentary commissioned by the town hall of Orleans.